Performance
Comedy

Prurience

Part of Summertime

An experiential entertainment about our private pleasures...

In this immersive theatre piece by Christopher Green, you are invited to attend a fictional self-help group and take a playful look at how we consume sex and pornography.

Prurience questions our understanding of the effects of porn to ask whether we’re in the grip of a real addiction or a moral panic?

Best known for his experiential performances, including Office Party, VIP, The Dresser and The Frozen Scream, as well as creating the legendary Tina C and Ida Barr, Christopher Green is first and foremost an entertainer. Expect witty observations, surprises and more than a few laughs. Chris has worked with Holly Race Roughan as dramaturg.

Here comes the science bit: Prurience has been created with support from The Wellcome Trust – that’s right, Chris has interviewed neuroscientists, sociologists, addiction experts and therapists. It's about more than the contents of his hard drive.

Christopher Green answers some FAQs:

Is this a serious piece of theatre?
Yes, and it’s got really good jokes.

I don’t like porn – should I come?
Yes.

I love porn – should I come?
Yes.

I have no opinion on porn – should I come?
Yes. This show is ostensibly about pornography addiction but in reality is as much about social media, capitalism, and over consumption of everything and ultimately the hope that we can all find a way to take control.

Will I have to say anything out loud?
Not if you don’t want to.

Did the writer just spend months watching filth?
Well, he spent years talking to neuroscientists, sociologists, addiction experts and therapists with the help of the Wellcome Trust. You’ll have to ask him about the filth.

Will Christopher Green be in it?
Yes.

Will he be clothed?
Yes. And so will everyone else.

The kind of art that leaves its mark on you - unnerving and uncomfortably compelling
The Times
A deeply unsettling experience; one that gets right to the core of contemporary life ★★★★
WhatsOnStage
A clever and discomforting exploration of consumption – compulsive and conscious – in late stage capitalism ★★★★
The Stage
Tests the limits of theatre … Very funny and genuinely discomforting … it makes you question not just attitudes to porn but how we experience reality.
The Guardian
Quite unlike anything I have experienced before.
Theatre.London
Prurience will leave you guessing and thinking long after you’ve left the theatre
Spy In The Stalls

Dates & times

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where

Royal Festival Hall
Blue Room, Level 1, Royal Festival Hall

Concessions

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need to know

Age recommendation
For ages 16+

Sensitive content
Please note this performance contains explicit sexual references. This is an immersive performance, the action takes place around you but you are not required to participate.

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