News: HOTBED – A Festival of Sex at Camden People’s Theatre

News: HOTBED – A Festival of Sex at Camden People’s Theatre

Hotbed – a festival of sex, premieres at Camden People’s Theatre as a frank conversation about a subject considered taboo even in today’s open society.

We live in a world saturated with sexual imagery – but how often do we talk about sex as it’s really felt, experienced or imagined? And why is theatre so seldom a part of that conversation? Hotbed is Camden People’s Theatre’s brand new festival of sex: three weeks of adventurous performance guaranteed to expand your carnal knowledge. From the ubiquity of porn to the secrets of your sexual fantasies, from a celebration of sex-positivity to the difficulties of representing sex onstage, Hotbed’s sexual congress lays sex bare, 2017-style.

The festival is headlined by OH YES OH NO (26 Apr – 11 May), the brand-new show from Louise Orwin, creator of Pretty Ugly and A Girl and A Gun. Her new show explores real sex and real bodies, trying to understand what you want and how to ask for it, in a conversation in which (almost) everyone is allowed to speak.

Former Camden People’s Theatre Artistic Director, Chris Goode, also returns with his avant-garde performance boyband, Ponyboy Curtis, premiering walk pause walk (12 – 14 May). Inspired by sources ranging from anarchist literature to skate culture to contemporary gay porn, the show is a cross between an open rehearsal and an intimate gig, in which the boys explore the codes of masculinity, queerness and tribalism though a series of increasingly eroticised unrehearsed encounters.

Other highlights of the programme include:

  • Rebecca Atkinson-Lord & Greg Wohead’s new collaboration, Snowballing (10-11 May), sharing their own experiences, fantasies, mistakes and hopes about sex and relationships
  • Legendary performance artist Lois Weaver investigates the truth about sex at midlife and beyond in What Tammy Needs to Know About Getting Old and Having Sex (6 May)
  • Propolis Theatre’s SPILL: A Verbatim Show About Sex (27 – 29 April) does exactly what it says on the tin… with songs

Camden People’s Theatre is a central London studio theatre, dedicated to supporting young and emerging artists making inventive new theatre – particularly about issues that matter to people right now.


Hotbed plays at Camden People’s Theatre from  25 April – 14 May. For more information and to book tickets to the various shows, please see the website.