1 BED, 2PLAYS

and

Objective Bodies – The Sanctuary

Ratchet Theatre has recently been rehearsing two productions, one of which has two plays. Both productions are detailed below. And what’s more we can announce our tour dates where you can now see either / all of our current productions. The dates are as follows:

1 BED, 2PLAYS –

are 2 plays that go very well together; they’re both set in one bed. And they’re both about love. Well sex actually. But in very different ways.


Ratchet Theatre were last on the road with Dark Vanilla Jungle, Philip Ridley’s brilliantly intense one woman show (all 1hr 50 mins of it) for which critics said “amazing”, “a brilliant performance” and “Gemma Whelan could not have done any better, Katie Bottoms was astonishing”. The Bed Plays are still about desire and the search for love but both have a different take on the processes involved in getting there.


FREAK

tells the often painfully frank stories of Leah and Georgie as they come to terms with their sex lives. Georgie is 30 and in a downwards spiral, having just quit her job, broken up with her long-term boyfriend, and taken a job at a strip club. Leah is 15 and is nervously anticipating her “first time”, and spends her time practising different sexual positions on the double bed which the two share.


As these two deeply personal and at times very bittersweet monologues finally interlock, the play finds a natural finale, though it’s not one that either would have anticipated; control and vulnerability are as flexible as each other and both play their part in this riveting and contemporary drama.


Afterglow

by Eric C Peterson is not as intense as Freak and is written as a comedy. Though for those who might have been in the protagonists’ position it might not be that funny. Called simply “a man” and “a woman” the couple find themselves in bed together through circumstance. Although the woman appears to hold the experiential high ground the couple repeat the situation several times more, each time the passion becoming less evident and the boredom factor increasing.


Practical details - Freak lasts one hour, Afterglow lasts 40 minutes so with a 20 minute interval the total running time is 2 hours. Both plays concern adult themes so are not suitable for children and one or both might contain nudity and/or swearing. The set is one bed with a few props strewn about. Lighting is one simple wash with intro and outro music for both plays.




Booking / programming options -

The fee for THE BED PLAYS is either:

  • £300 fee
  • 70 / 30 split
  • A requisite hire fee for the venue

We can provide -

  • A4 / A3 posters and A5 flyers
  • Press release
  • Spiel for Facebook / Twitter feeds
  • Availability for radio interviews

T 2 Beds

Objective Bodies – The Sanctuary

Objective Bodies - The Sanctuary is probably like something you have never seen before, an art class, a life drawing class to be precise, only it’s on a stage. An art class on a stage featuring three naked life models. In fact, we also ask if there is anyone (yes, just the one) from the audience who would like to join us.


Objective Bodies – The Sanctuary is a performance based on attitudes to representation and self-worth within a life-modelling scenario. It is the result of dialogue with models from differing ethnic cultures, socio-economic groups, ages and genders. The performance can last an hour or 90 minutes and can accommodate a Q & A session afterwards.


In a way this performance is an antidote to performances where nudity and nakedness are planned, choreographed, titillated and forewarned about. This performance is about how we see ourselves, not in a conventional image-based scenario but in an art based, no-where to hide scenario that brings representation and self-worth to the forefront of how we see ourselves when there is nowhere to hide.


In an art class models just are; hills, valleys, bumps and lumps. No-one cares. But on a stage? What changes? What do people think when they are naked on stage in an art class? Our models answer questions (including some from the audience) about how they feel. They are a mixture of ethnicities, ages, experience and abilities. No specific set or props will be required except for 3 stools / chairs and light of some sort; this can be daylight. We may require a microphone depending on the size of the venue. We also bring our own artist who draws the models in different poses and then offers her drawings to the audience free of charge.


Since its first showing this year at Dartington, Totnes, we have received very positive and inquisitive feedback; we have had comments such as “makes you think”, “you forget they’re naked” “very funny, really enjoyed it”, fascinating, it gives a new dimension and narrative when the models are allowed to offer their views”, “insight into the model having drawn models before, interesting perspectives”, and “extremely interesting as an exploration of the body, form and context”.


Booking / programming options -
The fee for THE BED PLAYS is either:

  • £300 fee
  • 70 / 30 split
  • A requisite hire fee for the venue


We can provide -

  • A4 / A3 posters and A5 flyers
  • Press release
  • Spiel for Facebook / Twitter feeds
  • Availability for radio interviews


T 2 Beds
T 2 Beds