«Forceful mix of factual information, fictional storytelling, movement and reflection” The Scotsman
You watch porn. Right? You don' t have to tell us. That's not what this is about.
In 2017, pornography is all around us and the amount we watch it is growing at an exponential rate: in the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are consumed every day.
As society's access of pornography increases, so can our unwillingness to talk about it. The Coolidge Effect seeks to break this taboo.
Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories and viewpoints are told through four intertwining narratives: George, a Gameboy wielding teenager; Gary, a father lost in the depths of his own addiction; Gail, a pioneering porn producer and Retrospect, an ex-porn addict who wants you to understand.
The Coolidge Effect uses an interactive blend of storytelling, poetry and science to examine how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences.
The show received a Special Commendation as part of 'The Suitcase Prize' at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich at PULSE festival 2017.
Previously performed at: Camden People's Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Tron Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre and Big Burns Supper.
Wonder Fools create new theatre based on a diverse range of current and historical real life stories. Our programme is conceived to be as varied as it is dynamic: exploring different forms — verbatim theatre, participatory performance, performance installations — in tandem with wide-ranging subject matters. Our last three shows have received both critical success and sell out audiences: Lampedusa was ‘an evening worth remembering’ ★★★★ Joyce McMillan (The Scotsman); The Coolidge Effect is ‘incredibly powerful and innovative’ –★★★★ (Young Perspective); and 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War ‘resembles Black Watch reimagined for a small town function room’ ★★★★ Neil Cooper (The Herald).