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Eleanor May Blackburn presents 
Let’s Create NOT Apply: Does My Fanny Look Big In This?

Wednesday 7th August 2024

Cafe / Bar open:            11:00

Event Begins:                  19:30

Tickets:                               £10 full,

£5 concession (Suitable for Over 65, Student, Under 18, Artist, Unemployment Benefit, Disability Benefit. Please note proof of concession eligibility may be asked for upon arrival at the box office. Complimentary tickets are available for PAs supporting those with access requirements.

£3 no questions (maximum 8 per performance and must be bought online).

Running Time:                   Approx. 80mins (60min show + 20min q & a)

Age Rec:                        16+
Covid-19 Policy: We are no longer operating social distancing, and face coverings are encouraged but not mandatory–our policy is reviewed fortnightly.

Let’s explore the sexual world through spoken word, uncomfortable noises, an inflatable sex doll, (bad) singing, anxiety and a limerick.

As part of Let’s Create NOT Apply, Alphabetti Theatre is hosting Eleanor May Blackburn’s Does my Fanny Look Big in This?

Have you ever been riding a homosapien and asked (internally) 'omg am I squashing this person like a double decker bus?'? Or stumbled mentally upon, 'please lord, let me have shaved my nipples'? (free the hairy nips.) That right there is sex anxiety, but not the kind where you can’t get interested in sex- just the kind where you’re afraid they’ll be offended by the smell of your fanny. Join Ellie as she navigates a class of 30 adolescents asking her anything about sex; and what happens when they go home? Does My Fanny Look Big in This? Tackles sex education, validates sexual anxiety, and deals with sexual trauma while answering questions you’ve always been a little too embarrassed to ask.

About the artist:

Eleanor is a 27 year old, Sheffield based actor/writer/theatre maker/director. She graduated in 2019 with First Class Honours in Acting from Falmouth University. She is currently involved in many acting and writing projects, including but not limited to; being part of Sheffield Theatre’s Bank Cohort 2023 and Young Company 2021/2022, NYT’s Digital Intake 2022, starring alongside Sylvester McCoy in Apartness (full run at Edinburgh Fringe 2022), playing one of the lead roles in upcoming pilot ‘Simply Ken’ starring alongside Jeffrey Holland, and starring in feature film Bonnie and Clive set for release later this year. She had her first poetry chapbook ‘Ghost and Found’ released in October 2021 and is set to have a full length poetry collection published early next year. This is her second autobiographical solo show after touring ACE funded Subdural Hematoma in 2022 with fantastic feedback.

I want to start conversations around sex and specifically sex anxiety- I follow the performance with a 20 minute q&a and people really do talk about sex and its joyous. This is why I made the work, to reduce the stigma surrounding sex.

About Let’s Create not Apply:

Let’s Create, Not Apply! is a much-needed platform for artists to perform – in today’s climate the life of a creative is all too often spent filling out applications and pitches instead of creating. Applying and waiting is a way of life for freelancers, and it needs to change!

This is a Festival for artists to CREATE instead of battling through the red tape of applications and funding.  A defiant shout against lack of creative opportunities and support in the arts. An opportunity to be a part of something wonderful and all too rare – a stage supported by community, not bids. This isn’t a march against trusts and funders (please don’t blacklist Alphabetti!) – it’s an open arm call to local talent to support and nurture creatives

Why “Joyful Punk”?

After 12 years at the helm, Alphabetti’s founder and Artistic Director Ali Pritchard is departing. His final season at Alphabetti Theatre, “Joyful Punk”, will begin in August 2024 and run until the end of 2024.

 

Punk symbolizes profound self-expression, boundless creativity, and a courageous defiance of societal norms. Punk has re-emerged as a powerful platform for social activism, embodying the belief that art holds the potential to reshape the world. Punk has evolved into a beacon for positive social and cultural transformation.

 

And why joyful? Well, we could all use a bit of joy in the world right now, and Alphabetti is ready to bring it…

 

So, despite our weariness and disillusionment with the current state of society, we refuse to merely lament. Instead, let's defiantly raise our voices and embark on a mission to instigate positive change – fuelled by joy, laughter, art, and community. This is Ali’s rallying goodbye.

How does this event fit into the theme of Joyful Punk?

“I feel like it's extremely punk to say f**k you to stigmas and barriers surrounding taboo topics like sex. The play features rimming, anal, queer imposter syndrome, lots of vibrators and masturbation: all topics that don't get the limelight they deserve. It's joyful- talking about sex is fun and funny. There are darker moments of the piece surrounding sexual trauma but it finishes in a finale of a sex encounter that features an inflatable sex doll and it's hilarious.”

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