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Review: And The Rest Of Me Floats at the Birmingham Rep

And The Rest Of Me Floats is an important and timely examination of what gender means in the 21st Century. The binary system is not enough to encompass the full range of gender, sexuality, and human experience as it is lived nowadays.

With more freedom to live fully and finding more acceptance than 50 years ago, and with the advent of the internet age, people are finding they have more in common with people around the world, who due to societal norms and mores find it difficult to fit into society, into families with different expectations.

So, in this new piece we see the story of Yasmin Zadeh, who as a child pretended to be a boy to fit in in her street and to play football. We see how gender is considered, how it is policed, interpreted to fit in with a widely accepted tract, how toxic masculinity plays a part in the off-balance of equality, how people who are different are still seen as something to be feared and to be ignore as something left on the fringes.

The eight performers in this piece all play their roles well, playing a number of instruments, singing, dancing and acting across a wide range of ideas and themes.

The stage set is also well defined, acting as both a catwalk and a street, carefully lit to conceal nudity or allowing full beams to light up what is usually hidden.

This was bold theatre at the most extreme, and although it would have shocked some audience members with its forthright depictions of life, it is still making important points about acceptance and about humanity in its widest sense.

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