The world premiere of Penetration by Carolyn Lloyd-Davies comes to The Cockpit this autumn. Based on seven true stories of accusations and acquittals, the play sensitively explores the reciprocal implications of consent and the devastating consequences when those lines get blurred.
When Sean is accused of rape by Anna, his arrest throws his world into turmoil. His mother Felicity, a lifelong feminist, knows women don't lie about rape just as surely as she knows her son is innocent. 'Innocent until proved guilty' is ripped up as Sean is exposed in the press, publicly abused and barred from his university, his friends and his future. The interminable wait for prosecution finally drives Felicity from grief to a dark obsession. Based on real events, Penetration highlights the agony of lives in limbo, waiting for a verdict. But will resolution ever come?
14:30-16:30 Matinee shows on 23rd September and 2nd October
Age: 16+ (sexual content, swearing and reference to rape)
The Cockpit, Gateforth Street, Marylebone, London NW8 8EH
Wed 22 Sep 2021 to Sat 9 Oct 2021