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The Polished Scar Tickets

Part of the Come What May Festival

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Show Ended

Date & Time

Show ended

Mon 9 May - Thu 12 May 2022, 4pm, 7pm & 8.30pm

Runtime: 1h 00m


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Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park N4 3JP

About The Polished Scar

There are some things so deeply rooted in our history, our public psyche, our national behavior, that living without them seems unimaginable. We act in certain ways because we always have. Injustice is built in, cruelty, can be part of the course. To question this is seen as potentially undermining, dangerous, even treacherous, both by those who appear to gain from it and those that don’t. What does it take to shape a leader? Why is this shape so familiar? How do we get from innocent newborn to manipulator? What hurt is meted out? What damage done? Who carries the scars? What is the cost? Who pays? With an exquisite physical performance, an occasional table and chair, a subtle soundscape and only the protagonist’s side of the dialogue, we are given an intimate portrait of how one boy becomes ‘the man’. This is a life seen through snapshots, character defining moments, where personal traits are smothered or defined. Presented by AboutFace Theatre Company in association with Park Theatre. 'A brilliant performance that is nuanced and easily commands our attention... Henderson’s intimate vignettes are full of life in themselves and tell a story that is deeply personal and yet strangely depersonalising in its results.' ★★★★★ Broadway Baby Age Recommendation: 16+