Friday Night Love Poem, a trio of tales about young women exploring their sexuality for the first time, comes to Camden People’s Theatre later this week as part of the venue’s Calm Down, Dear festival. Book you tickets now for this limited run!
The play, written by Chilean-Canadian playwright Natalia Knowlton, runs from 31 May to 1 June 2019.
Knowlton’s Friday Night Love Poem brings together three coming-of-age stories:
Kate is discovering what it really means to be a wife in her close-knit Christian community. Mia is beginning to push boundaries at school – pleasing boys as an easy route to popularity. Cecilia is caught in the throes of her first love, battling the question “Am I ready yet?” These three young women explore their sexuality for the first time in a society that stigmatises female pleasure.
Talking about the production, Artistic Directors of Crossline Theatre, Kara Chamberlain and Natalia Knowlton, said: “We created Friday Night Love Poem to start a conversation about female pleasure and what we can do better for the next generation of young women. We want to ensure that the issues we explore are continued after the show comes down. That’s why we are holding post show discussions and providing opportunities for young women to share their thoughts and feedback with us, so that we can hear directly from them and help to break the taboo of female sexual empowerment.”
The production has previously been seen at the Drayton Arms Theatre and at the Brighton Fringe, where Theatre T’s Matthew Cleverly described it as a “refreshing, comedic and highly empathetic take on the female sexual experience” and Breaking The Fourth Wall’s Michael Davis said: “There are many things to commend about Knowlton’s Friday Night Love Poem.”
Friday Night Love Poem marks Crossline Theatre’s return to Camden People’s Theatre following their 4-star production of Cream Pie. That show featured stories taken from verbatim interviews intercut with parodies of porn scenes, which provided a unique, poignant and comical insight into how the world of porn has affected the concept of sex for a whole generation. The company’s (wo)manifesto is to create new work that shares women’s stories inspired by their multicultural ancestry, their bodies and their social experiences.
It opens in London at a time when a number of productions are exploring and breaking the silence on female sexual enjoyment in many different ways. Bella Heesom‘s Rejoicing at Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself recently ran at Ovalhouse, while Laura-Doe’s Vaudeville of the Vulva comes to the Bread and Roses Theatre in June.
Calm Down, Dear is Camden People’s Theatre’s festival of far-out feminist theatre, which promises productions that are anti-sexist, female-centric and fiercely alive. In addition to Friday Night Love Poem, the 2019 festival includes Katie Villa’s part-disco, part riot Wild, Klein Blue’s exploration of female hairiness, Are There Female Gorillas? and Sarah Blanc’s dance comedy My Feminist Boner.
Friday Night Love Poem runs at Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY from 31 May to 1 June 2019, with performances Friday and Saturday at 9pm. Tickets are priced £12. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!