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Of Kith and Kin review – gay parenthood drama packs an emotional punch

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The Bush, London
Proceedings turn violent when a mother in law arrives in Chris Thompson’s overloaded play about nature, nurture, abuse, parenting and gay history

A play can be thoroughly enjoyable even if its plot and the way its characters behave don’t quite stack up. That’s the case with Chris Thompson’s often terrifically entertaining drama about nature, nurture and the deal-breakers and responsibilities of parenthood and marriage.

It begins in winning mode as we meet fortysomething solicitor Daniel (James Lance) and his much younger husband, party planner Oliver (Joshua Silver). They are preparing for parenthood and holding an intimate baby shower with an old friend, the heavily pregnant Priya (Chetna Pandya).

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