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Amongst the many comedy shows and performances at the Edinburgh Festival fringe there are also a huge number of shows based on a more serious theme, many of which raise awareness of subject that can still be seen as taboo within most peoples social circles. Anathema is one such show and tackles the vastly unreported incidences of male rape. Only 10% of male rapes are currently being reported, a number that is incredibly low in comparison to the percentage of rapes reported overall. The show is produced by Bearded Dog Theatre company and is produced by Anson Williams and directed by Ross Sterne.

Anathema. (n). ‘Someone or something that one vehemently dislikes. ‘Jamie was raped at a New Year’s Eve party, but it has taken him a month to tell anyone. Whilst his friends struggle to accept the truth, Jamie reflects on what occurred since he moved to university and the events that led up to his rape. This tragic story tackles the typically taboo subjects of male rape and rape culture through the eyes of a group of students.’