The Royal Court Theatre in association with Farnham Maltings presents


Written by an anonymous woman | Performed by an unprepared man

Directed by Lucy Morrison

Where: Paines Plough’s ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL, Edinburgh Festival Fringe
When: 4 – 27 (not 8, 13 – 19, 22) August, 19.25 (20.20)19.25 (20.20)

Photo credit: Helen Murray

Photo credit: Helen Murray

“This is a rare voice – despite the male body delivering it – that deserves to be heard” ★★★★ The Telegraph

Comedians Edward Aczel, Eshaan Akbar, Dan Antopolski, Mitch Benn, Markus Birdman, Jason Byrne, Keith Farnan, Stuart Goldsmith, Darren Hariott, Pete Johansson, Tony Law, Andrew Maxwell, Simon Munnery, Andrew O’Neill and Mark Watson will be performing MANWATCHING at Paines Plough’s   ROUNDABOUT @ SUMMERHALL at Edinburgh Festival Fringe this August.

MANWATCHING is a funny and frank insight into heterosexual female desire, read out loud by a man. The show begins with a male comedian being given a script they have never seen before. They read the script out loud, sight unseen, in front of an audience. This is a show about what one woman thinks about when she thinks about sex with men. Written by an anonymous woman and performed by an unprepared man, MANWATCHING is directed by Royal Court Associate Director Lucy Morrison with Lighting Design by Jamie Spirito.

Commenting on the project the anonymous female writer states;

“I have been thinking about what it means to be objectified, and whether or not that is really tied to desire or power. Although men are objectified by other men, I was at a loss to think of many examples of men being objectified by women, and the examples I could think of were quite complicated – frequently involving the man’s profession rather than appearance (in Sex and the City, for example, men are usually referred to in shorthand by whatever job it is they do rather than how they look or act), or their dominance was the source of objectification. Even though many women desire men, the most basic elements of that desire seemed oddly unexplored.

So I thought, who better to give the words of a woman desiring men to, than the voice of a man, as it’s so much more comfortable and familiar for us to hear about desire through the male perspective?”

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