Hotbed Big Bang #1

Dates and Times

Sun 30 April at 7pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10
Book Tickets

Part of Hotbed: a festival of sex, running from Tue 25 April – Sun 14 May. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket, and we’ll do the rest.

A Hotbed special edition

Our regular night of works in progress returns for a series of three special editions, exploring the themes of the festival. This event will include the following performances:

Pillow Talk by Ruby Lawrence

‘…and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.’ Genesis 2:19

Pillow Talk sheds light on the male commentary that accompanies sexual intimacy, in a solo performance piece that playfully celebrates womanhood. What do we find in those sweet nothings that pass from man to woman before, during and after sex? What power do they have over the construction of our sense(s) of self? Using the memories of over a hundred women, Pillow Talk is a striptease like no other. It does not promise to be sexy. | @pillowtalk_play

Orgasm by About Wolves

Why do cis male orgasms get so much air-time? Are other orgasms really as mysterious and elusive as popular culture would have you believe?

Orgasm is a brave, bold and amusing performance exploring the world of non cis-male pleasure through verbatim text and physical theatre in a surprisingly joyous act of dissent against all those who think it is a taboo subject, against all those who have sought to silence discussions on it.| @about_wolves

STATUE OF LIBERTY Conference 2017: ‘Don’t Take It Lying Down!’ by Philippa Hambly

Ever looked at the female anatomy and wondered: Is that just inherently submissive?

Talks & sessions

Objects of Desire: Sex Toy Story
Lonely Planet: Globalisation, Individuation & the Rise of the Dildo
Erectile Integrity In Business
Eggs & Soldiers: Militancy of Menstrual Occupation
Forest Fires & Burning Sensations: Lice Paddies & Barren Savannahs
First Time Buyers Guide to Body Ownership
Imitating Intimacy: BDSM for Beginners
CLASS ACTION: Group Pleasure

Guest Speakers: 20th century, sexologist, journalist, feminist agitator Elise Ottensen-Jensen (author People In Need: The Sexual Victim in Darkness), and Pip. | @APhilippaHambly

Rejoicing At Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself by Bella Heesom

Part feminist performance lecture, part mythic-sex-goddess-epic, part Socratic dialogue between a woman’s Brain and her Clitoris. This new work from writer/performer Bella Heesom (My World Has Exploded A Little Bit) and director/dramaturg Donnacadh O’Briain (Rotterdam, Always Orange) will be a celebration of female sexuality, and an exploration of the patriarchy’s subjugation of women’s bodies, and the impact this has on a woman’s relationship with her own pleasure.

We are in the early stages of development, and encourage your responses to help shape the piece. | @BellaHeesom

As part her research and development, Bella is collecting women’s stories, to build up a picture of the beautiful diversity of female sexuality. If you would like to share your personal experiences with her, you can do so anonymously here. (

Read Bella’s guest blog here. 

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