'Will this resonate?' and 'why now?' Rufus Norris asked of every play in his inaugural season as National Theatre Artistic Director. And perhaps the boldest engagement with contemporary issues is We Want You To Watch, which tackles the pornography industry, the internet and feminism in one genre-busting production. And within a programme that is already noticeable more female (Caryl Churchill, Carol Ann Duffy and Indhu Rubasingham are all stars of the new season), this new show combines the talents of all-female RashDash theatre makers and rising star playwright Alice Birch.
We Want you to Watch, play
Fusing theatre, dance and music, We Want You To Watch follows two women as they tackle the murky online porn industry. "They want to end all porn" playwright Alice Birch says, suggesting a hefty dose of girl power. With the subject of pornography encompassing a myriad of controversy including charges of exploitation, perversion and an andro-centric presentation of sex, the play will be provocative and punchy. But it's also set to be entertaining, with the promise of surrealist strands and humour from a playwright with a flair for converting big issues into explosive drama.
Alice Birch, playwright
This trio of talented women -- Artistic Directors Helen Goalen and Abbi Greenland and Producer Charlotte Bennett -- have caused a buzz by confronting big issues through bold shows that fuse music, movement and drama. Their mantra reads: "We are women and we talk and move and make as women... But scary creatures live under the surface." We are intrigued to see how this preoccupation with the fragile and ferocious aspects of femininity will shape a play about pornography.
We Want you to Watch, National Theatre: tickets and booking
Public booking opens at 8:30am on Thursday 12th February. Book fast to avoid disappointment.
|What||We Want You To Watch, National Theatre|
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX | MAP
|Nearest tube||Waterloo (underground)|
11 Jun 15 – 11 Jul 15, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM
|Website||Click here for more information and to book via the National Theatre|