Page extent: 88
ISBN: 9781786821478
Binding: PaperBack



PaperBack (21 May 2017)

The show begins with a male comedian being given a script they have never seen before. They read the script out loud, sight unseen, in front of an audience. This is a show about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex with men.

This run at The Royal Court includes some of the most popular male comedians in the UK right now.

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ISBN13 9781786821478
Binding PaperBack
Page Extent 88


'frank and extremely funny... Manwatching is intended to be read aloud, in front of an audience, by a male performer who’s never seen the script before. Each night a different comedian takes on this task... This theatrical experiment, directed by Lucy Morrison, cleverly capsizes the male gaze, skews objectification and probes sexual politics... confronting the unexpected and articulating details about female sexual fantasy and masturbation that rarely get discussed in mainstream culture... Manwatching is a reclamation of the privilege often afforded to the male voice. The sight-reading element heightens the text’s disruptive force – there are stumbles and re-runs, double-takes and long pauses. It’s fascinating to watch a male comedian getting laughs that aren’t really his own – here the anonymous woman is the real comic force.' The Stage ★★★★

'a no-holds-barred confessional monologue detailing one woman’s sexual proclivities and desires... It highlights how used we are to hearing women being described in these terms, and yet how rarely men are openly talked about by women as sex objects. Beneath its frank, chatty, matter-of-fact exterior, Manwatching ponders not just sex but sexual politics.' Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

'Manwatching has raw emotion in it. Whilst the script – and Brigstocke’s bewildered frown, at points – are comical, there’s an underlying sense of discontent. Lucy Morrison’s dramaturgy, with the help of a range of practitioners, weaves niggling fears and comments into the production. The writer’s mother tells her that she should be thankful that she wasn’t raped, when she complains that a former flame was pressuring her for sex. It’s statements like that that make plays like Manwatching so important. I think everyone should see this play.' A Younger Theatre