"We have done it for so long. It is who we are. It has to happen"
A play about FGM - female genital mutilation - could never be easy to watch, it should never be easy to watch. But the genius of Charlene James' Cuttin' It - initially written for radio and now expanded with direction from Gbolahan Obisesan - is that it makes it essential to watch, theatrical but still truthful, fierce and yet fearless, if you're more shell-shocked at the end of a play this year, I'd be surprised.
Told in the form of overlapping monologues from fifteen-year-old Somali-born teenagers Muna and Iqra, Cuttin' It tells of two very different young women. Muna has been in the UK since she was three, Iqra arrived as a refugee when she was ten and though they now attend the same school, there's worlds between them. But they have something in common, FGM, and in the space of just over an hour, we see just how much.