Italian writer and director Alessandro Onorato isn’t shy of letting audiences know what they’re in for. In the case of The Last King of Porn, it’s: “A lot of sex, some drama and a decent quantity of violence.” Read what he told us about this new Camden Fringe show, then book your tickets!
Staged by i Birbanti during the opening week of the Camden Fringe, The Last King of Porn plays from 29 to 31 July 2019 at the Etcetera Theatre.
What would you be willing to do to become a legend? A wrong choice can change an entire life and the lives of those around you…
The Last King of Porn, tells the story of porn star Randy Fierce, who’s filming his latest record-setting movie: a sex marathon for a whole day with 100 women. While the most important people in his life meet each other on stage, we discover that, for him, there’s far more to the film being shot than they realise, and the situation shifts from being sexy to something darker. And while the women wait their turn with persistent anxiety, they confront their lives, discussing sex, love and family, realising they may be about to show themselves for who they are not.
Alberto Baraghini leads the cast as Randy Fierce. He’s joined in the production by Sara Dho, Stefano Iagulli, Alessandra Salvoldi, Claudia Campani, Claudia Veronesi and Laura Traina.
The play’s world premiere at Camden Fringe comes before the production travels north to Edinburgh, where it will run from 2 to 17 August at the Ivy Theatre.
The Last King of Porn is part of a packed Camden Fringe season that includes 300 productions. Among them are tale of social media and adultery Letting Go, debut play about intergenerational friendship Pigeons, dark coming-of-middle-age comedy My Name Is Cathy, hellraising raconteurs in Riot to Heaven and family show about democracy Rox Paper and the Scissors.
The Last King of Porn runs at the Etcetera Theatre, 265 Camden High St, London NW1 7BU from 29 to 31 July, with performances Monday and Tuesday at 6.30pm, Wednesday at 8.30pm. Tickets are priced £10. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
Alessandro Onorato on The Last King of Porn
What inspired you to create a drama set in the world of porn?
It was reading, as it happens most of times with my plays. I started thinking about it while going through the biographical book of Asa Akira, a world-famous Japanese-American porn star. I found it more interesting than I expected so I went on studying this peculiar world. Then it was Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Snuff that gave me the inspiration.
Why did you make the central character a man?
I’d say it is a cultural matter. In Italy, male porn stars are more relevant than female ones, unlikely USA and most of countries. In Italy, people love Rocco Siffredi and his colleagues, while the women still have to face hard times.
How different is your story to Palahniuk’s novel?
All the characters are re-written and the story has major dramatic differences, but I tried to keep it very close in the style side: crude and realistic. It’s a new story but written with great respect and admiration of the original subject.
How did you come up with your way of portraying the sex, nudity & violence?
This is a lovely matter. Nowadays theatre is going in the direction of showing as much as possible and it’s quite common to create scandal, so I went in the opposite direction. I play with shadows. The audience understands what’s going on but has no chance to see it.
How was the play received in Italy?
The play is actually going to premiere in London! I am organizing an Italian tour that will start in September in Milano. I think it will make quite a noise: in Italy it’s still more easy to make a scandal than in the UK!
Why did you want to bring it to the Camden Fringe?
It’s my second time at this festival; my return after five years. London is the perfect place to test this play and the entrance for our time in the UK, since we’ll be performing also in Edinburgh.
How are you feeling about staging the show at the Etcetera Theatre?
I am very excited about it! I’ve visited this theatre during my first Camden Festival and I was already looking forward to performing there. The atmosphere is great and it’s the heart of Camden Town. Cannot ask for anything better.
How did you get into theatre?
It was as a playwright. I was quite young, 17 years old, and I had a blog at the time. I was asked to help bring an Arabian novel to the stage. At that time, I knew the theatre world just as part of the audience, but I haven’t stopped since then. Playwriting is still my favourite part of the work, even though I now spend most of my time directing.
Are you expecting different responses from British audiences to your usual Italian ones?
Indeed. I really believe it’s a much more mature audience, theatrically speaking. But I hope to see at least one person leaving the theatre during the show, otherwise I’ll think I went far too soft in this play!
What can audiences expect from The Last King of Porn?
To see something different. A crazy sex drama put on stage in a totally unexpected way. A lot of sex, some drama and a decent quantity of violence.
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