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Julie Tomlin’s theatre news: Hotbed 2017 festival at the Camden People’s Theatre; No Finer Life at the Pleasance

13 April, 2017 — By Julie Tomlin

Louise Orwin’s show Oh Yes, Oh No, part of Hotbed 2017 at the Camden People’s Theatre, examines female fantasies and desire

Hotbed 2017, a three-week festival that spotlights sex begins at the Camden People’s Theatre on April 25, and includes a premiere of Louise Orwin’s new show Oh Yes, Oh No, which looks at taboos and female fantasies and desire. Orwin, whose previous shows include Pretty Ugly, about the trauma teenagers face about their looks, and A Girl & A Gun, about the media and women and violence, says she began making the show by “examining my own sexual desires” and “realised that some of the things that turned me on are at odds with my politics. I’m looking to give women a voice by letting the world hear real women talking about real sex.”

Other plays being shown as part of Hotbed 2017 include 5 Encounters on a Site Called Craigslist, which considers to what extent people in a darkened room can get to know each other, and Propolis Theatre’s Spill: A Verbatim Show about Sex.

For more details call 020 7419 4841,

A new play by Graham Harvey, who for 20 years was the agricultural story editor of The Archers, and is credited with writing over 600 episodes of the Radio 4 show, is being staged at the Pleasance, Islington, from April 28-30. No Finer Life tells the story of Elizabeth, a young Somerset land girl and her search for a best-selling author in the Oxfordshire countryside during the Second World War. Moving between the 1940s and the current day, the play explores the timelessness of our connection to the countryside and the need to protect it.

For more details call 020 7609 1800,


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