The Last King of Porn

'An Italian Sex Drama’ - this is a story of entrapped women, family journeys and has promise; but failed to deliver a punch.

The Last King of Porn

Suffering perhaps from a late time slot in a slightly deserted venue - no doubt driven by the wet weather, there was a lot of energy to fill in the room first off. There was some mistiming with an actor trying to make his entrance through the closed door too early, being ushered back out, and then coming again once the music had started. From a light hallway to a dark room where the door is only a couple of metres away, this is noticeable, and led to perhaps a frantic start.

It picked up once the action started and you’re introduced to the first lead actors; setting the scene of a green/dressing room for a film. This film is meant to be the last stand for a long term porn actor - something they deem a marathon. If you’re expecting a raunchy show; you’d be better off with some of the cabaret’s available. This is definitely a dark look at the seedy underside of an exploitative industry.

There’s a few themes running as an undercurrent to the show. The stories of children looking for their father, the revelation of who might be whose parents, and the exploration of possible and missed chances of a better life. It also looks at private videos being used for blackmail, and tackles feeling trapped in an industry because of the stereotyping of a ‘past life’ affecting future opportunities and put simply - not being able to lead a ‘normal life’.

All of these issues are played out over the course of the hour, right there in the dressing room. With a quote summarising this - ‘Porn once, is porn forever’.

There are some twists and turns portrayed. There’s an inventive use of backlighting a screen to ‘show’ what’s being filmed in the next room, but a seemingly under-thought use of lighting elsewhere - especially later on when I think they were trying to portray some sort of scattered emotion; but made no real sense.

All in all, this is an interesting show that tackles an important topic of exploitation, with some good acting. But the direction and execution probably needs a bit more work to make it something that will fill the seats.


The Last King of Porn is on until the 17th at 9.50pm at Greenside Infirmary Street: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on/last-king-of-porn

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Emrys Green

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Emrys is the project manager for the Arts Award Youth Network & Arts Award Voice. He writes occasionally, but spends most of his time leading & supporting the amazing editorial team that bring you this site. Alongside managing this programme of work Emrys manages web builds and live events through his own pursuits - with a wide encapsulation of the arts sector. Theatre, Dance, Circus, Spoken Word and a combination of contemporary and shakespeare presentations are all within his likes - so a very wide artistic enjoyment ensues.

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