The Coolidge Effect – Wonder Fools
20-22 September 2017
27-30 September 2017
Macrobert Arts Centre
20 October 2017
In 2017, pornography is all around us and the amount we watch it is growing at an exponential rate: in the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are consumed every day.
As society’s access of pornography increases, so can our unwillingness to talk about it. The Coolidge Effect seeks to break this taboo.
Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories and viewpoints are told through four intertwining narratives: George, a Gameboy wielding teenager; Gary, a father lost in the depths of his own addiction; Gail, a pioneering porn producer and Retrospect, an ex-porn addict who wants you to understand.
The Coolidge Effect uses an interactive blend of storytelling, poetry and science to examine how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences.
First performed as a work-in-progress at the Into the New Festival at Glasgow’s Pearce Institute in 2016, The Coolidge Effect has since travelled to Camden People’s Theatre and PULSE Festival, where it received a Special Commendation as part The Suitcase Prize 2017 at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich. Wonder Fools are delighted to to present the Scottish premiere at Edinburgh’s Traverse Theatre (20 – 22 Sept), ahead of further performances at Glasgow’s Tron Theatre (27 – 30 Sept), London’s New Diorama (13 Nov) and Stirling’s Macrobert Arts Centre as part of SMHAFF (20 Oct).
Guys & Dolls – Kayos Youth Theatre
The Beacon Arts Centre
4 October 2017
Kayos Youth Theatre are excited to present, as their 25th anniversary show, Guys and Dolls – an ever popular musical with music and lyrics by Frank Loesser and book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows.
Set in 1950s Times Square, this ever popular musical comedy tells overlapping stories of high-roller, Sky, who falls in love with Missionary, Sarah and lovable rapscallion, Nathan, engaged for 14 years to Hotbox headliner, Adelaide.
Featuring Adelaide’s Lament, Luck be a Lady, and showstopper Sit Down You’re Rocking the Boat.
An amateur production presented by arrangement with Music Theatre International (Europe).
Chrysalis festival – Traverse Theatre
17 – 19 November 2017
The Chrysalis festival is a platform for ambitious performance by young theatre-makers. It showcases emerging talent, sparks critical debate and challenges perceptions of youth theatre
Performances include work from across the UK, including Contact Young Company, Beacon Young Company, Firefly Arts & Reading Rep. As well as a presentation of new works in progress in Emergence and a curated series of Workshops, Talks and Events running alongside the programme.