Join Theatre Delicatessen throughout March to explore sex – mysterious, fun, embarrassing, loving, scary, and empowering, but universally relevant. Alphabet1-2 March, pm, £7-8/£12-13 for double bill with Before (The Line is Lost)An exploration of modern masculinity.The Vagina Monologues8 March, pm, £6.50-8.50 (£1 for job seekers/refugees/asylum seekers/those receiving incapacity benefit)Eve Ensler's smash hit celebration of female sexuality in all its complexity and mystery. Carol10 March, pm, £6-7 (£1 for job seekers/refugees/asylum seekers/those receiving incapacity benefit)An adaptation of Patricia Highsmith's tale of repression and romance in 1950s New York, starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara. She Fest Saturday12 March, 11am-4pm Family fun at the main event in Sheffield's International Women's Day fringe festival.It's not easy though, particularly in a digital age where information and advice are so forthcoming it can be hard to know who or what to believe or trust.
The opening night included performances of Before (The Line Is Lost) by Holly Gallagher, featuring her own story, pictures, and videos about growing up as a female in cosplay, and Alphabet by Joe Bunce and Billy Taylor, whose inventive narration of teenager Sam’s online world showed how modern masculinity is being built through social media, romcoms... As this opening night double bill proved, Theatre Delicatessen’s relaxed, intimate style works well for the festival's subject matter, which ordinarily might inspire a few audience jitters.
Here, the audience was encouraged to feel engaged with – but not intimidated by – the performances and the topics at hand. Well, there’s a film screening of the lesbian tale Carol, set in 1950s New York, and a special production of The Vagina Monologues, including responses from local Sheffield women.
There’s a birthday party celebrating the clitoris (and yes, there will be party hats and games) together with funny and frank performances discussing topics including gender assumptions, body hair, and the history of the vibrator. Before (The Line is Lost)1-2 March, 7pm, £7-8/£12-13 for double bill with Alphabet A one-woman show about cosplay and growing up on the internet.
“If you want to be great parents, gross out your kids…. Already married and finding yourself in a sexual slump? Feeling alone, afraid, or just a little intimidated?
You can’t give your child a message on purity and on ‘wait until you’re married’ if you’re also giving the message that ‘your dad and I don’t have any fun anymore’, because why wait for that?