Louise Orwin’s Oh Yes Oh No comes to Lancashire Fringe Festival

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A playful, provocative journey through female sexuality and who gets to have a say in it, featuring Barbie’n’Ken role-play, a heady mix of pop culture references and dramatic sound design. Conceived, written and performed by Louise Orwin.

“Bold, brave work, and all the better for being filled with the voices of real women who, by speaking out, are staking a claim for their own erotic agency” The Guardian

And it’s part of Lancashire Fringe Festival. I know, I can hardly believe it either.

Made exclusively with the candid input of those willing to talk openly and honestly about their sex life, Oh Yes Oh No explores having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics.

Asking difficult questions about sexuality, Oh Yes Oh No interrogates identity, consent and power play, encouraging audiences to rethink their views on desire. Daring to speak about a subject which is rarely addressed publicly, especially in the wake of #MeToo, Oh Yes Oh No is for anyone who has ever struggled to find their sexual voice, or questioned the sexual culture they were brought up in.

Louise Orwin said of Oh Yes Oh No: “I am a survivor of sexual violence and I am obsessed with sex. Why does it feel like those two things shouldn’t exist in the same sentence? Oh Yes Oh No began its journey when I began to attempt to untangle these things from one another, in an effort to reclaim my sexuality for myself once and for all.

“I wanted to understand my desire, its complexities, the politics of being turned on by things that were possibly at odds with my politics. And I wanted to know whether other people had the same sort of neuroses surrounding their orgasms.

“The show is based on interviews I conducted all over the UK with those willing to openly and frankly discuss their sexuality and, in particular, with survivors of sexual violence. In it I ask what the price may be of living in a climate which prizes heteronormative desire and pornified punish-fucking, and what we can do to begin to own our turn-ons and celebrate them.

“Making the show in the tidal wave of #MeToo, I began feeling that, more than ever, those of us who have struggled with our sexuality have a responsibility and even a duty to be reclaiming our lives and bodies for ourselves. Oh Yes Oh No is playful, dark and very, very real.

“By putting the voices and stories of those who have never had a say in their own desire centre stage, it is a sucker punch to the gut, and a battle cry to uncovering the true power of asking for what you want.”

Louise Orwin is an award-winning writer, researcher and performance maker. She makes research-driven theatre projects about subjects that are close to home, hard to get your head around, and need to be spoken about.

She makes work about what it means to identify as female today, in a fast-moving, media-saturated world that prizes patriarchal, heteronormative narratives. Louise likes to make work that is provocative and brash, intimate, awkward at times, and generally filled with a heady dose of pop culture.

Her work has received great critical acclaim. Pretty Ugly, which delved into how teenage girls interact with the internet today, caused a bit of a media stir in 2014 as it went viral, and was featured national and international press all over the world: on the radio (Woman’s Hour, BBCR4), TV (Fusion News, ABC, US), and broadsheet press (Vogue, The Telegraph, The Independent, El Pais etc).

A Girl and A Gun, which explored women and violence on film, has been featured in The Guardian, Vice Magazine, and on the BBC Radio. She has toured work throughout the UK and Europe.

See Oh Yes Oh No by Louise Orwin at The Continental, South Meadow Lane, Preston PR1 8JP on Sunday, May 19, at 7.30pm.

Age Guidance 16+

Trigger Warning: Show contains description of sexual violence


Lancashire Fringe Festival is a FREE event. The festival operates a Pay What You Decide model, where audiences can make an optional donation after the show. No tickets required. Just turn up!


Website: http://louiseorwin.com/
Twitter: @louiseorwin

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