Thu, 15 Feb 2024 19:45 - 20:45

Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters (In person)

Libraries are sexy spaces. And, it goes without saying, The London Library is the sexiest of all. One can only imagine the sort of epistolic erotica to have been penned from the depths of its historic stacks…

Join us for a very dirty (post) Valentine’s evening with award-winning theatre maker, Rachel Mars, whose gloriously rude show unearths the hot-as-hell letters that make sexts blush.

Before sexts there were hand-written letters. And loads of them were proper filthy. With the help of the internet, friends and two sexologists, Rachel has unearthed missives dating back centuries. Triangulating these sex and love letters of long dead artists and writers with contemporary sexts and a meditation on the construction of the queer female body, the show is a tender and surprising hour that asks - how do we write ourselves and for whom?

Come! Take pleasure in James Joyce’s passion for arse, find out who sneaked her gay lover into the White House, hear from Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keeffe, Mozart and bear witness to the best/worst sexts ever sent. 

This delightfully intimate, very funny and surprisingly moving show is an erotic archive shot through with Rachel’s personal ventures in contemporary Queer kink.

★★★★ A triumphant show…dripping with uninhibited desire. The Guardian



Written and Performed by Rachel Mars
Sound by Dinah Mullen
Lights by Alex Fernandes
Dramaturgy by Wendy Hubbard and nat tarrab
Additional Letter written/performed by Lesley Ewen.
Production Manager is Lincoln Campbell

Originally developed at The Yard Theatre.

Rachel Mars is a performance maker and writer with a background in theatre, live art and comedy, who explores the idiosyncratic cultural and political constructs that inform the way we are together, as people, just trying to figure it all out. Her debut play Blood Play was recently shortlisted for the Women’s Playwriting Prize. Her live metalwork installation Forge which explores monument and memorial recently toured the UK. Other commissions have included HOME Manchester/The Entertainment Group, Leeds Playhouse, The Junction, Cambridge; Royal Court Tottenham; Fuel Theatre and Ovalhouse. Recent residencies include The Orchard Project and Asylum (NY), Playwrights Centre (Minneapolis), Horizon Showcase (UK) and Cove Park (UK). Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters will be touring the North East of the US in Feb/March 2024.

Supported by Fondation Jan Michalski.

NB Doors (and the bar) will open at 7.15pm for a 7.45pm start.

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