Involution is the debut play of writer Rachel Welch and is being staged by Mokita Productions at the Pacfic Playhouse (former home of the Southwark Playhouse).
The play is set in London in the not-too-distant future where genetic cures are possible but forbidden by law. Cohen, the play's protagonist, is unlucky enough to be cursed with an inherited wasting disease and his plight sees him battle against the courts and the government in an attempt to overcome the ruling that is preventing scientists from making the next step in evolution.
Along with this battle, Cohen must also deal with some testing questions from his past, present and future with those he is closest to. There's his capricious sister Dorcet and her obsession with robotic companionship; Dorcet's religious-nut friend Talulah who firmly believes her sacrifice to God, and not science, will save her from desolation; and finally his long-lost friend Jay whose return from the wilderness along with his new girlfriend Violet opens a whole new can of worms.
All stories intertwined make for an interesting and funny play but at the same time raises some serious questions surrounding genetics, cloning, religion and what it means to be human. It's also a well-acted play with some very talented actors. Miss it and you'll miss out!
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