We all know what they're up to... don't we? A new comedy about what's really going on next door, from writer Keely Winstone (Royal Court Writers' Programme, 2013) and director Hannah Eidinow (winner of five Fringe Firsts). 'Gloriously filthy, darkly funny and bold as you like' (Jo Brand). 'Like a grittier Frayn, a dirtier Ayckbourn. Brilliant word play' (Jane Garvey, Woman's Hour, BBC Radio 4). @sexlives2013 / #whathaveyouheard
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We all know what they're up to... Don't we?
Sex Lives of Others from Keely Winstone (Royal Court Writers' Programme 2013) and award-winning director Hannah Eidinow (winner of 5 Fringe Firsts) is an eye-watering new comedy about what's really going on next door that premieres at the Pleasance Courtyard for the 2013 Edinburgh Fringe.
Home-alone while their three kids are away for the weekend, Hilary and James are playing Mumford and Sons. Hungover Sonny (acclaimed stand-up Matt Green) is having his ears raped by Mumford and Sons while his horny girlfriend Kerry (Waterloo Road actress Jessica Baglow) isn't bloody interested in Mumford and Sons - all she wants is a shag. Hilary and James still think they're 'up for anything' even if they'd rather the two new kids next door weren't quite so loud in bed. But the noises coming from the neighbours aren't quite what either couple thinks... Especially after a contested game of Boggle, a row over a rampant-rabbit carrot and a musical aphrodisiac gone wrong.
The play has already got people talking: Jo Brand describes it as 'Gloriously filthy, darkly funny and bold as you like'. Jane Garvey of Radio 4's Woman's Hour says it's 'like a grittier Frayn, crossed with a dirtier Ayckbourn. Brilliant word play.'
Matt Green has played to packed audiences at the Festival since his solo stand-up debut in 2008. Alongside him are Jessica Baglow (Waterloo Road actress), Joanna Bending (nominated as Best Solo Performer in last year's Stage Awards at Edinburgh for Emily in Hand Over Fist) and Martin Miller (last seen at the Pleasance as James in Lynne Truss's The Proceedings of That Night).
Sex Lives of Others first played as a short play as part of the Miniaturists programme at the Arcola Theatre, London. This new one-hour version was specifically developed for the Edinburgh Fringe and wantonly plays with the boundary between what makes us laugh and what makes us scream 'Noooo!' So, what's really going on next-door?
Writer Keely Winstone says: "We all want to know what other people get up to in their bedrooms - or their back gardens - but we rarely have an insight into the real ups and downs of other people's sex lives. I want to show that our assumptions are often at odds with reality, exploring the language we use around sex at the same time."