Members say: Relevant, Resonant, Quirky, Edgy, Intelligent

About the show

This playful, immersive look at how sex and pornography are consumed makes its US debut at Works & Process at the Guggenheim following a successful run at the Southbank Centre in London.

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Created by British writer-performer Christopher Green after interviewing neuroscientists, sociologists, addiction experts, and therapists, 'Prurience'  invites audiences to attend a fictional self-help group. Through increasingly distorting layers of reality and theatricality, the play forces you to consider if society is in the grip of an actual addiction or a moral panic. Expect witty observations, and surprises.

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What's On Stage (UK)

for a previous production "Christopher Green's sly self-help satire...It's a neat spoof of support groups – those cults of lukewarm psychobabble...What, Green makes you ask, is genuine here? What's constructed? 'Prurience' plays with that and if, at first, the glitch from participatory event to scripted play feels like a let-down, it proves far more slippery and self-aware...A deeply uncertain and unsettling experience; one that gets right to the core of contemporary life." Full Review

The Guardian (UK)

for a previous production "It’s often very funny and genuinely discomforting, largely because the dramaturgy is much sharper and tighter. It immediately solves the crucial central problem of so much immersive theatre in justifying our presence in the piece...'Prurience' doesn’t entirely succeed in keeping all the balls in the air, but at its fiendish, exhilarating best it makes you question not just attitudes to porn but how we experience reality." Full Review

The Times (UK)

for a previous production "A disorientating, provocative experience...It’s also funny and shrewd, throwing up questions about the commodification of everything from sex to depression, and exploring the blurred boundaries between fantasy, performance, and reality...While the issues of consumption and alienation are familiar, theatrically the piece is audacious...At times I longed to flee, yet this is the kind of art that leaves its mark on you. Unnerving, and uncomfortably compelling." Full Review

Time Out London

for a previous production "What pushes this beyond zeitgeisty navel-gazing, aside from the metafictional games, is that Green levels his critique just as much at therapy itself...He’s to be admired for tackling this painfully taboo subject. That ‘Prurience’ doesn’t cohere into anything with clear conclusions might be its greatest strength–for me, it made for half-complete theatre. But if you’re in two minds about buying a ticket and joining the group, I suggest you do." Full Review


for a previous production “Green plays this character incredibly well…The really outstanding thing with this piece is the structure, and the piece being so immersive really lends itself to what Green is setting out to achieve..Green also makes some beautiful points about conscious consumption, the abundance of pornography and the access and availability to it...The points, however, feel slightly rushed within the piece overall, as the structure demands so much of your attention.” Full Review

The Stage (UK)

for a previous production "A clever and discomforting exploration of consumption – compulsive and conscious – in late stage capitalism...It also contains an immaculate coup de theatre, in which layers of illusion are built up and pared back before a big reveal...What appears at first to be an insensitive, albeit entertaining, parody of therapy and addiction becomes something richer as levels of distortion and audience expectations are subtly managed." Full Review

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Intelligent, Relevant, Resonant, Riveting, Hilarious

See it if you want a fantastically creative immersive piece of theatre, you will be self-reflecting afterward, but laughing throughout the smart play

Don't see it if you want a traditional theatre piece - be prepared to be immersed & to participate. Porn addiction is 'a' subject so be wise.

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Edgy, Quirky, Relevant, Great staging

See it if You enjoy immersive performance of contemporary edgy themes where the line blues between actor and audience.

Don't see it if You are uncomfortable with sexual topics and prefer a normal theater experience of audience separate from the actors.

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