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Claire Dowie fools her friends as male prostitute Michael

A woman playing a male prostitute. An ex-comedian writing and starring in a play about child abuse. You would be forgiven for thinking that Claire Dowie is suffering from a mid-life crisis. 'lt's nothing like that,’ she says. 'As a comedian you can't go further than the punchline. I wanted to go deeper, to explore more than just laughter.‘

Michael, the play’s protagonist, was sexually abused by his father. He doesn’t see the intercourse as abuse, but as a consensual act of love and sets out to make a video diary to prove it. But as the story unravels and Michael discovers more about himself and others, he realises that perhaps he was betrayed after all. Nothing in the piece is cut and dry, a point Dowie wants to stress. ’There's so much hype about child abuse,‘ she says. 'It’s always black and white. In reality, it’s more complicated than that, especially when the abuser is a relative.’ ,

Dowie plays the character straight: no accent, costume or melodrama. She is so effective as Michael that her own friends fail to recognise her, yet her sense of humour pervades even this weighty topic. 'It's not a wholly tragic play,‘ she laughs. 'But I don't put socks down my groin either.‘ (Nicky Agate) 3555;: Easy Access (So/o Remix) Claire Dowie (Fringe) Pleasarrce (Venue 33,) 556 6 S 5 O, 7 --37 Aug (not 10, 24,) 2pm, f 7. 50/[6 50 ((6/13). Preview 6 Aug [5

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