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#Penetration by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies

You either consent or you don't. This is absolutely clear, but when Sean is accused of rape by Anna, a fellow student, his arrest throws both his and his mother's world, into turmoil. Felicity, a single mother and lifelong feminist, knows women don’t lie about rape just as surely as she knows her son is innocent. Yet as the pendulum swings between Anna’s credible account and Sean’s recollection of that drunken night, the line between verbal and non-verbal consent becomes increasingly blurred. 

As the play unfolds, our fundamental belief of 'innocent until proved guilty' is turned on its head as Sean is exposed in the press, becomes a target for abuse and is barred from his course, his university and his future. The interminable two year wait, while the Crown Prosecution Service decides whether to prosecute, finally drives Felicity from grief to a dark obsession with tracking Anna down, and consequent life-changing events. 

Written by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies and directed by David Trevaskis, '#Penetration' is inspired by seven true stories. This controversial play explores the blurred parameters of sexual consent, the powerful influence of social media and exposes the hidden snares within our liberal hook-up culture.

Women don't lie about rape. Why would they?


Wednesday 29 April to Saturday 16 May 2020 at 7:30pm
2:30pm Matinee on Thursday 30 April 2020
No shows on Sundays or Mondays

Full price: £16 
Concessions: £14
Early Bird: £10 until 31 December, 2019

Third Act Playwriting Group


We're a group of aspiring playwrights who meet once a month in north Oxford, to support, encourage and critique each other's scripts. And in spite of the photo we do have men in our group. It's a friendly, supportive and stimulating group of like minded people who love theatre!

If you've got a play in development and you're interested in joining us, email our organiser, Moya Mason

Two or three times a year we also have a 'bring and share' lunch, with the opportunity of showing extracts from your work. 

We look forward to welcoming you!