The Spectator

Every teenager and student in the country should see this play. This is a script to raise whirlwinds.

London Theatre Review

An important piece for our times.

The Reviews Hub

Should be seen by everyone over the age of consent.

London Theatre 1

Plenty of food for thought.

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 alchohol 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

Penetration poster

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Interview with Carolyn Lloyd-Davies


Calum Wragg-Smith

Calum Wragg-Smith
plays Sean Johnson

Georgina Armfield

Georgina Armfield
plays Anna McIntyre

Louise Bangay

Louise Bangay
plays Felicity Johnson

Amantha Edmead

Amantha Edmead
plays Vivienne Okeke/Suzy Persad

Steve Chusak

Steve Chusak
plays Dr James Tang

Rebecca Hunt

Rebecca Hunt
plays DC Jane Novak

Mike Anfield

Mike Anfield
plays DS Barry Lee

Charlotte Gamble

Charlotte Gamble
Understudy/ASM Anna McIntyre

Luke Daniels

Luke Daniels
Understudy/ASM Sean Jackson


Director:   David Travaskis

Technical Stage Manager:   Cory Duffill

Movement Director:  Emma Webb

Lighting Design:   Roberto Esquenazi Alkabes

Set Design:   Sorcha Corcoran

Sound Design/Stage Manager:   Stephanie Connell


Writer/Co-Producer:    Carolyn Lloyd-Davies

Co-Producer/Casting Director:   Stephanie Connell


You can listen to Carolyn’s interview with Miriam Higgins and Krage Brown of Oxfordshire Theatre Makers on their podcasts.

Carolyn shares some great playwriting tips, tricks and advice.

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