Penetration by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies, is a socially provocative piece of theatre, of particular significance in the light of recent shocking reports.
Based on true events, the play follows the stories of Anna, a rape complainant, and Sean, the defendant, with insight and sensitivity. Anna’s manipulative and coercive boyfriend James, adds an additional overtone to the play, as does the perspective of Felicity, Sean’s mother, who is convinced of his innocence. This multi-layered play aims to jolt the audience into exploring parameters of consent, focussing on the impact of toxic coercive relationships, the power of social media and the need for healthy sexual boundaries especially when alcohol or drugs blur the lines.
Directed ‘in the round’ by David Trevaskis, at The Cockpit theatre in Marylebone, London, the audience experience the power of ‘close up’ theatre and ultimately come to their own conclusion on what exactly constitutes consent.
Comments from a rehearsed reading included:
“This makes the audience ask questions they may not want to answer.”
“Makes you re-evaluate your boundaries.”
“Powerful, stirring and unnerving.”
Ran from 22 September until 9 October, 2021 at The Cockpit, and was a huge success.
Age Guidance: 16+, sexual content, swearing and reference to rape