Midlands-based theatre company Split Infinitive have rightly identified that the ‘B’ of LGBTQ+ is an oft-overlooked if not snubbed sexuality within the community. Their endeavour to address this comes in the form of Three Way, a trio of monologues centred around the love lives of three conflicted men.
Though a focus on the experiences of bisexual males is deliberate, omitting a female narrative is certainly a missed opportunity since it would have offered a wider perspective on the prejudices faced by all those who are bi.
The intention of this piece is sincere, but it often fans the flames of the stereotypes associated with bisexuality, rather than challenging them: arguably, one of the characters is not even bisexual, instead falling into the ‘bi now, gay later’ box that Three Ways supposedly considers a misconception. Even the title hints at people who ‘swing both ways’ wanting multiple genders in the bedroom simultaneously.
The cast offer authentic and unwavering performances, though Jamie Dunn engages the most as a vulnerable fellow looking for romance. His character certainly encourages post-show discussion, but not about bisexuality.
Interestingly, the word ‘bisexual’ is not mentioned once, though it is unclear whether this is an artistic choice or an oversight. None of the three stories portray bi people as resolute individuals; rather, the writing is disappointingly unprogressive in its themes.
More bisexual leads are certainly needed on the stage, but Three Way doesn’t give them the representation they call for.
Three Way continues at Empty Space in Manchester until the 11th September with tickets available from https://manchester.ssboxoffice.com/events/three-way/
Reviewer: Scot Cunningham
Reviewed: 7th September 2021
North West End UK Rating: ★★★