Putting in a Good Performance: The Ethics of Presenting Sex

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Sat 6 May at 6pm

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Part of Hotbed: a festival of sex, running from Tue 25 April – Sun 14 May.

Talk: Putting in a Good Performance: The Ethics of Presenting Sex

None of us would be here without it. Some of us are getting it. Most of us are thinking about it. But theatre often seems to pretend it doesn’t exist…

This panel discussion will bring together artists, from theatre-makers to pornographers, at the forefront of the (cultural) sexual revolution, to ask: what are the ethical challenges of presenting explicit sex? Is it possible to do it in a fashion that’s not exploitative? Why is theatre so prudish about it? And what does good sex look like anyway?

Chaired by Megan Vaughan
Megan Vaughan is a blogger and zinemaker. Having published the Synonyms For Churlish theatre blog since 2008, she currently works at the Live Art Development Agency while undertaking a PhD on outsider theatre criticism and cultures of amateur reviewing. Megan has been a reluctant prude since childhood; attempts to combat this have produced inconsistent results. One such experiment, the Aubergine Peach zine about onstage nudity, was distributed in 2015. www.meganvaughan.co.uk

With contributions from:

Chris Goode
Chris Goode is a writer, director and maker for theatre, and the lead artist of Chris Goode & Company, with whom recent key productions include: Every One (Battersea Arts Centre), Wanted (West Yorkshire Playhouse), Weaklings (Warwick Arts Centre), and two Fringe First award-winning shows: Men in the Cities (Royal Court / Traverse) and Monkey Bars (Unicorn / Traverse). Other recent work as director includes What If I Told You? (The Mayers Ensemble UK tour) and The Worst of Scottee (Roundhouse / international tour). He is the director of the all-male performance ensemble Ponyboy Curtis (running at CPT 12-14 May, see here). Chris is also the author of The Forest and the Field: Changing theatre in a changing world (Oberon, 2016), and host and producer of the podcast Thompson’s Live.

Pandora Blake
Pandora Blake is a feminist pornographer, sex worker and sexual freedom campaigner. Her films have won multiple international awards and her website Dreams of Spanking has survived legal battles against porn censorship in the UK. Pandora is an active campaigner for sex work decriminalisation and labour rights, obscenity law reform, civil liberties and human rights, particularly relating to freedom of expression, gender, sexuality and privacy. She is official spokesperson for Backlash, which defends freedom of sexual expression among consenting adults in the UK, and organises alongside the Open Rights Group and the English Collective of Prostitutes. An experienced public speaker, Pandora regularly appears on panels and gives talks and media interviews. She runs a Patreon to support her unpaid activism and political work.

Becky O’Brien

Originally from Ireland, Becky is a London based choreographer and performance artist who has recently completed a BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance from Trinity Laban Conservatiore of Music and Dance. Her work various from body based performance art, choreographed dance work and real-time technology and body based performance, and is interested is exploring gender and sexuality within these frames. She is also a member of CUNTemporary collective (Arts, Feminism, Queer), where she is head editor of they’re monthly newsletter documenting various queer and feminist events across London, as well as helping to produce CUNTemporarys own trash performance art nights and conferences. www.beckyobrien.co.uk


Please note, this event takes place in our basement space and is regrettably not wheelchair accessible.

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