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Theatre review - Spiral By Abigail Hood

In Abigail Hood’s engaging drama, three characters are coming to terms with the loss of a loved one.
Tom (Adam Morris) and Gill (Tracey Wilkinson) are struggling to keep their lives together after the disappearance of Sophie, their teenage daughter. Tom decides to book a young escort, Leah (Hood), who reminds him of Sophie, and asks her to come dressed as a school girl.
After a disastrous attempt at therapeutic role play, they become unlikely friends. Leah’s mother has recently died and she is also mourning the lack of a father – he left when she was a child. Leah is in a dysfunctional relationship with a controlling boyfriend, Mark (Kevin Tomlinson), who doubles up as her pimp.
Meanwhile, Gill is attempting to cope with her loss through alcohol and increasingly suspicious of her husband and his motives for protecting Leah. Things come to a head when Tom is suspended from the school where they both work, accused of behaving inappropriately with three schoolgirls.
Hood’s play hinges on …