Coercion. Consent. Confusion

22 Sep to 9 Oct

Full Price: £16 | Concessions: £14

Produced by Living the Drama

Presented by The Cockpit

by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies
Age guidance 15+. Swearing and reference to rape and sexual assault. 
‘Penetration’, by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies, is a socially provocative piece of theatre, of particular significance in the light of recent shocking reports. 

Based on true events, the play follows the stories of Anna, a rape complainant, and Sean, the defendant, with insight and sensitivity. Anna’s manipulative and coercive boyfriend James, adds an additional undertone to the play, as does the perspective of Felicity, Sean’s mother. This heart-breaking, multi-layered play jolts the audience into exploring the implications of consent, focussing on the impact of toxic coercive relationships, the power of social media and the need for healthy sexual boundaries especially when alcohol or drugs blur the lines. 

Directed ‘in the round’ by David Trevaskis, the audience experience the power of ‘close up’ theatre and ultimately come to their own judgement on what exactly constitutes consent. 

Comments from a rehearsed reading included:

'This makes the audience ask questions they may not want to answer'  

‘Makes you re-evaluate your boundaries'

‘Powerful, stirring and unnerving’

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Wednesday 22 September to Saturday 9 October 2021
No shows on Mondays or Sundays
7:30pm each night plus a matinee at 2:30pm on Thursday 23 September and 2:30pm Saturday 2nd October.

There'll be a Q&A session following the Saturday matinee on 2 October and also after the evening performance on Thursday, 7 October.
Audience members will be invited to ask questions of the director, playwright and cast members.  

We are not currently selling any tickets on the door. Tickets will remain on sale for up to one hour before the show start time. 

We are returning to normal operation where ticket holders choose their own seats on admission to the auditorium. 

We also request that everyone wear a mask when moving around the building, wash their hands often and practice self-distancing.  We have reduced capacities to allow for this.

You and your bubble will be invited to choose a seat and self-distance yourselves from others.

We will be running a normal bar service with extra tables for your drinking comfort.


For more information on how things work, have a look at our dedicated Covid:19 page.