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Shopping and Fucking

Mark Ravenhill

Full Length Play, Drama  /  1f, 4m

The ground-breaking debut from one of the most important playwrights of the last decade, now in an acting edition.

Shopping and Fucking

by  Mark Ravenhill

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1f, 4m
  • Duration
    Duration
    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
Description
The ground-breaking debut from one of the most important playwrights of the last decade, now in an acting edition. "Shopping and Fucking is a darkly humorous play for today's twenty-somethings ...a real coup de theatre" Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard "Plunges you into the world of disposability, disconnection and dysfunction, where relationships to be trusted have to be reduced to transactions ...strong stuff" Paul Taylor, Independent "Ravenhill has more to say, and says it more refreshingly and wittily, than any other playwright of his generation" - Time Out
History

Shopping and F***ing was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, in September of 1996, under the direction of Max Stafford-Clark.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
Cautions
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Intense Adult Themes
  • Nudity/Partial Nudity

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £69 per performance plus VAT when applicable.


    This title is currently restricted in London, please contact the Licensing Department for further details.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Contemporary London
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

1f, 4m
Cast Attributes
LULU
ROBBIE
MARK
GARY
BRIAN
Casting Notes

Multiple gay-male roles, extremely violent.

Note from Mark Ravenhill:I'm happy for any of the parts to be played by whoever, whatever gender. The gendered casting is only a suggestion and the parts are open to anyone wherever they are on the gender spectrum. 

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Press

REVIEWS

"Ravenhill has a sharp eye for the blackly comic bizarreries of this tragic, emotionally shrink-wrapped world." - The Independent, Read More

"Ravenhill writes well, sometimes eloquently, even bordering on the poetic." - CurtainUp, Read More

"Ravenhill’s shocking drama presents the most graphic and disturbing gay sex scenes ever seen onstage." - New York, Read More

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Authors

Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex in 1966. He studied Drama and English at Bristol University. His first play Shopping and Fucking was produced by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre in 1996. Subsequent plays include Faust Is Dead and Handbag (both Actors Touring Company), Some Explicit Pola ...

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