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1972: The Future of Sex

(from left to right) Ben Vardy, Jesse Meadows and Kerry Lovell in 1972: The Future of Sex. Photo: Jack Offord Ben Vardy, Jesse Meadows and Kerry Lovell in 1972: The Future of Sex. Photo: Jack Offord

An overexcited announcer declares that it’s the swinging seventies and kids are doing it all over the place, but the row of awkward yearning teenagers lined up across the stage suggests otherwise.

The Wardrobe Ensemble’s company-created work assures us that sex was as confusing and conflicting for young people in 1972 as it was for those before and after them. A girl tries to prepare for losing her virginity by studying a porn film, only to be confused further. A university lecturer seduces a student and finds that she is more sexually sophisticated and demanding than expected. A mousy girl meets a beautiful one and discovers life-changing love, while a gay boy ventures no further out of the closet than the lonely privacy of his bedroom.

The performers present these tales with high energy and a sense of absurdity that tempers their sometimes dark tones, each actor moving instantly from principal of one episode to narrator or voice of secret thoughts in the next, while yearning, anticipation and sex itself are represented by witty and expressive choreography.

At times this wholly professional production has the attractive feel of a really clever student or even schools theatre project, which I intend as the highest praise.

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Witty, energetic and sympathetic celebration of the confusion that is adolescent sexuality