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Rejoicing at Her Wondrous Vulva The Young Woman Applauded Herself

Join Brain and Clitoris on an epic journey of self-discovery through the garden of sexuality. Offie nominated! #WondrousVulva 

  • Thu 9 May – Sat 25 May, 7:30pm

Venue: Downstairs

Why would a confident, 21st century woman feel inadequate when talking to her partner about sex? 

Join us on an epic journey of self-discovery through the garden of her sexuality to find out. 

Featuring really helpful ideas planted during adolescence, such as: 'Only Boys Masturbate', 'You Are A Sex Object', and 'Female Genitals are Gross'. This is a story of self-love, encompassing shame, pride, fury and liberation. Revealed is the hidden battle between Brain and Clitoris; Appetite and Ego; shame-free sensuality and the desperate need to be ‘normal’, which everyone will recognise, regardless of gender. 

From the team who made the 'sublime' My World Has Exploded A Little Bit, this searingly honest play is directed by Donnacadh O'Briain, Olivier award-winner for Rotterdam, and has movement direction by Liz Ranken, a founding member of DV8.  

BSL-interpreted performance with Jacqui Beckford, Wed 22 May, 7.30pm.

Baby Friendly matinee (for babes-in-arms, under 12 months), Sat 25 May, 2.00pm. If you would like to bring your baby please book a ticket for yourself and a complimentary 'Baby' ticket to ensure there is enough room for everyone.

Rejoice with Us on Monday 20 May, 7,30pm
A night of bite-sized response pieces exploring our individual and societal relationships to sexuality, desire and identity.  Come and celebrate the daring and beauty of the artists presenting brand new work. £5, booking is essential. 


Reviews for My World Has Exploded A Little Bit

★★★★★ 'We need more radical honesty and artistry of the kind Heesom offers' (Edinburgh Spotlight) 

★★★★ ‘Spine tingling in its raw honesty… an undeniably powerful piece of theatre.’ (London City Nights) 


  • Thu 9 May, 7:30pm
  • Fri 10 May, 7:30pm
  • Sat 11 May, 7:30pm
  • Mon 13 May, 7:30pm
  • Tue 14 May, 7:30pm
  • Wed 15 May, 7:30pm
  • Thu 16 May, 7:30pm
  • Fri 17 May, 7:30pm
  • Sat 18 May, 7:30pm
  • Tue 21 May, 7:30pm
  • Wed 22 May, 7:30pm
  • Thu 23 May, 7:30pm
  • Fri 24 May, 7:30pm
  • Sat 25 May, 2:00pm
  • Sat 25 May, 7:30pm

Writer and Performer (Brain/ Ego/ Writer) Bella Heesom 
Director and Dramaturg Donnacadh O’Briain
Performer (Clitoris/ Appetite/ Actor)Sara Alexander
Producer Hannah Elsy
Movement Director Liz Ranken
Set, Costume, Projection Design & Scenic Art Elizabeth Harper
Lighting Designer Jess Bernberg
Sound Designer Candice Weaver 
Production Manager and Video Associate Timothy Kelly 
Technical Stage Manager Maria Gurevich
Assistant Director Martha J. Baldwin
Promotional Material Design Rebecca Pitt
Promotional Material Photography Michael Wharley
Photographers Lidia Crisafulli and David Monteith-Hodge
Company PR Flavia Fraser- Cannon for Mobius Industries
Marketing Consultant Emma Martin

Additional information

Recommended age 12+
Contains strong language and nudity

Image: Michael Wharley

Supported using public funding from Arts Council England. Supported by a grant from the Peggy Ramsay Foundation.

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