Two young women meet late one night in a car park, and immediately fall in love... while being watched by all their friends, enthusiastic recreational doggers ("it's a hobby, like -- it's mostly social"). Together they explore the boundaries of their sexualities and the world of feminist porn. But this cosy little world is shattered by new proposed legislation, intent on outlawing female pleasure! The valiant lovers become fighters in a battle for their rights and vaginas.
Puppy is an outrageous, sex-positive, feminist sex comedy about dogging, lesbianism, feminism, feminist porn, periods, period porn, protest, the patriarchy, British values, and Nick Clegg.
Puppy was namechecked in both the Guardian and Time Out's Pick of the Week columns.
"A quiet beauty, the writing and dialogue really capture the awkward sweetness of a relationship in its early stages. The script is a gem -- the makings of a brilliant piece of theatre." Time Out Online.
"Puppy is a powerful important piece. A gripping and personal script from Naomi Westerman." LGBTQ Arts
"A play that has the potential to be groundbreaking." ViewFromtheCheapSeats
"Puppy stacks feminism with porn, sex with sexuality, patriarchy with protest and crams it all into a one act, no mean feat, and yet Westerman weaves these challenging issues together thorough the journey of the two young girls, in a way that doesn’t feel forced but liberating. Brazen writing like Westerman’s should not only be encouraged but heralded as essential."
Writer bio: Naomi Westerman is a playwright with a special interest in feminist and female-led theatre. Her work has been performed at the Royal Court (Open Court), the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-upon-Avon, the Arcola and St James Theatres, Southwark Playhouse, High Tide Festival, VAULT Festival, and showcased at the Criterion Theatre in the West End. Her first full-length play ‘Tortoise’, a dark comedy-drama about female mental illness, was shortlisted for the Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Writers. Her first screenplay won first place in the Raindance Film Festival’s Ammo Live competition and is currently in development with a production company. She is currently under commission from Graeae as part of Write to Play, and her newest play ZINA debuts in February 2018.
Director bio: Rafaella Marcus is a director and dramaturg, writer for Exeunt, Artistic Director of Mingled Yarn Theatre and an associate director of Prowl Theatre. A former resident assistant director at the Sheffield Crucible, she has directed for the Edinburgh Festival, the Oxford Playhouse, the St James Theatre, Theatre 503, the Hope Theatre, and assistant directed at the Globe Theatre.
Company bio: Little but Fierce is a feminist theatre company, creating female-led productions of both new writing and classical adaptations. They work exclusively with female directors and playwrights, and only stage plays with more than 50% female cast. Their productions have been staged at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre in Stratford-upon-Avon (with the Royal Shakespeare Company), at the New Wolsey Theatre in Ipswich, the Cockpit Theatre, and at the Criterion in the West End.
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Sunday 20th August at 7.30pm
Monday 21st August at 7.30pm
Running Time: 80 minutes
Adult themes, strong sexual content and references, bad language. Adults only! Ticket purchases are non refundable. Concession prices apply to students; under 18s; pensioners; those on disability and unemployment benefits; Equity, BECTU & SDUK members; Portico Places cardholders. As a young venue we are still upgrading and developing the space, any additional donations are much appreciated and will be used towards improving the theatre even further and keeping the venue going in the long-term.