The Coolidge Effect explores the taboo subject of modern porn

The Coolidge Effect

Provocative new theatre inspired by a TED Talk

'Pornography and sex in general are massive taboos in this country, and with this performance we really wanted to challenge that in a fun and, hopefully, enlightening way,' claim the Wonder Fools: and where better to break taboos than in public?

Inspired by a TED Talk that discussed the impact of pornography on young men, The Coolidge Effect promises to bring the discussion out from underneath the bed and onto the stage. Originally part of their graduate show at Glasgow's Royal Conservatoire, it has been developed from a plethora of interviews with 'porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists and, with the help of Skype, these conversations spanned the globe: Quebec, California, Sweden, New York, Indonesia, Pittsburgh, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Manchester and London.'

Committed to theatre as a space for ideas and reflection, the Wonder Fools (Robbie Jordan and Jack Nurse) are unafraid of divisive topics. Their website has a series of blogs exploring their process and thoughts on the future of intimacy, and pornography clearly attracts their concern.

'As young adults, Robbie and I have grown up with the advent of the internet and at the beginnings of the mass consumption of pornography that this new media has allowed,' says Nurse. 'In the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are consumed every day and the average age a young boy starts to watch porn now is 12 years old.' This disturbing statistic does, as they suggest, demand analysis.

'What we aim to do is start a conversation: what we present on stage must be discussed or challenged, even,' he concludes. 'Whether it's in the bar, online a month later or even randomly in a coffee shop somewhere, it's vital the conversations continue to happen.'

Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, Thu 21 Sep; Tron Theatre, Glasgow, Wed 27 Sep.

The Coolidge Effect

Contemporary piece exploring society's relationship with pornography.

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