Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014: 5 sex-themed theatre shows
- Gareth K Vile
- 29 July 2014
This article is from 2014.
Featuring 50 Shades: The Musical, Oleanna, Naked in Alaska and Deep Throat Live
It sells, but theatre usually uses it to visit deep desires and hidden truths. Across the Fringe, sex is comedic, tragic and even mundane
Determinedly a parody of the publishing sensation, the BDSM best-seller gets the musical theatre treatment, via an overly interactive book club.
Assembly Hall, 623 3030, 31 Jul–25 Aug (not 13), 10.30pm, £10–£15.
David Mamet’s creepy tale of student-teacher sexual immorality is given a dangerous edge by Actors Not Feelers with a real-life student-teacher duo performing together. A disturbing meditation on power and its abuse that refuses easy answers and generates considerable debate.
Spotlites @ The Merchants’ Hall, 220 5911, 3–9 Aug, 11.55am, £8 (£6).
One of the many shows this year that features autobiographical details from the life of a pole dancer. Since this also contains details from the dancer’s descent into drug addiction, this won’t be a carefree ride through the joys of sex work.
Assembly Roxy, 623 3030, 2–25 Aug (not 11, 18), 7pm, £9–£10. Previews 30 Jul–1 Aug, £6.
It was the first pornographic movie to trouble the mainstream, and now it has become a sex comedy on the Fringe. Hilariously named writer and director Mike Hunt promises ‘cool music and hot action’.
Chalky’s, 226 0000, 2–24 Aug, 6pm, £5.
Part of Northern Stage’s ongoing campaign to revitalise the theatre section of the Fringe, Lorne Campbell directs a David Ireland script that delves into racism, homophobia and satire, and suggests that it might also be arousing.
Northern Stage at King’s Hall, 477 6630, 4–23 Aug (not 7, 14, 21), 6.35pm, £14 (£11). Previews 31 Jul, 2 & 3 Aug, £11.