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Musclebound Rosy Carrick 7020_sml_©Andre Pattenden

Intelligent, provocative and very funny one-woman show examining Rosy Carrick’s real-life

In her multi-award-winning theatre debut Passionate Machine, feminist powerhouse, Rosy Carrick became the world’s first female time-travelling doctor. In her new show, she is Musclebound to examine our most shameful sexual secrets. The show is undertaking a UK tour in March following a London date Camden People’s Theatre on 24 February.

Confident, provocative and supremely powerful, Rosy Carrick is great at sex. In fact, her onstage career has long been based around her gleeful frankness on the subject. 

And yet, the sex she’s always been so open about - her sex-life with men - is radically different from her early, most private erotic fantasies. At the age of five, Rosy, was watching live action films featuring characters like He-Man and Conan the Barbarian being stripped, beaten and humiliated by their male antagonists. Alone with her imagination, sexual power means something very different as the musclebound heroes of movies like Conan and He-Man are publicly tortured and humiliated by their male antagonists.

Now, newly single, forty and doling out relationship advice to a teenage daughter on the brink of her own first sexual encounter, Rosy is forced to confront the niggling suspicion that something about her sexual past has never felt quite right. Could reconnecting with the hyper-macho desires of her youth be the key to restoring her sexual power in the present? Or is there a more uncomfortable truth waiting to be reckoned with?

Musclebound leaps from the niche fetish an into an important and long-overdue exploration of power, performance and the politics of pleasure in heterosexual sex. What are the sexual lessons we want to pass on to our daughters – and what do we still need to learn for ourselves?

Listings

  • 24 Feb 7.15pm: London Camden People’s Theatre
  • 1 March 7.30pm: Weston-super- Mare
  • 3 March 7.30pm: Brighton
  • 9 March 8pm: Norwich
  • 14 March 7.30pm: Sheffield
  • 15 March 7.30pm: New Galloway, Dumfries, Scotland
  • 19 March: Bristol
  • 21 March 7.30pm: Exeter
  • 22 March 7.30pm: Falmouth
  • 23 March 7.30pm: Clevedon
  • 9 March 8pm: Norwich
  • 14 March 7.30pm: Sheffield
  • 15 March 7.30pm: New Galloway, Dumfries, Scotland
  • 19 March: Bristol
  • 21 March 7.30pm: Exeter
  • 22 March 7.30pm: Falmouth
  • 23 March 7.30pm: Clevedon