This brand new play, written by Crossline’s Natalia Knowlton, tells a trio of poignant coming-of-age stories about virginity, pleasure, and identity as three young women discover sexual empowerment for the first time. It looks at the challenges girls face when they begin exploring their sexuality in a world fuelled by stigma, bad sex education and internet porn.
Director Sammy Glover (Resident Director, Almeida Theatre) says this show “uniquely juxtaposes three coming-of-age stories that feel real and important and that women will recognise from their own experiences which is vital.”
Performances of Friday Night Love Poem will be supporting and raising funds for Brook, the UK’s leading sexual health and wellbeing charity for under 25s. A spokesperson for Brook says “This is a really important performance. It deals with a wide range of complex issues that we know young women and girls face in terms of sexuality, identity and the conflicting pressures they feel in society.”
This is an all-female cast (starring Kara Chamberlain, Vanessa Labrie, Cicely Long and Gina Ruysen) working alongside a crew and creative team of self-identifying women. As such, Crossline want to extend the opportunity to young women in the community to attend the show and share their own sexual experiences. They will be holding post show discussions and feedback sessions in order to further enhance the show’s relevance and help to break the taboo of female sexual empowerment. There will be a limited amount of free tickets available to the previews at The Drayton Arms on May 5th and 6th for 16 to 21 year olds. If you are interested in applying for a free ticket, please contact Crossline Theatre on firstname.lastname@example.org
Crossline Theatre’s (wo)manifesto is to create new work that shares women’s stories inspired by their multicultural ancestry, their bodies and their social experiences and Friday Night Love Poem is no different – ending the silence on female sexual enjoyment.
Friday Night Love Poem previews from May 5th at The Drayton Arms, South Kensington before heading down to Brighton Fringe at The Warren. It returns to London on May 31st as part of Calm Down Dear, festival at Camden People’s Theatre.