Isley Lynn’s Skin a Cat transfers to The Bunker following its sell-out award-winning run at the VAULT Festival. Skin a Cat follows Alana on an awkward sexual odyssey with a kaleidoscope of off-kilter characters: from getting her first period at nine years old and freaking out her frantic mother, to watching bad porn at a house party with her best friend’s boyfriend, to a painful examination by an overly cheery gynaecologist – all in the pursuit of losing her virginity and finally becoming a woman, whatever that means…
Semi-autobiographical, Skin a Cat is a personal and ambitious story of sexual discovery and dysfunction, exploring the challenges and consequences of not having a ‘normal’ sex life.
Alana’s journey is unique and yet Skin a Cat speaks to our shared experiences with joy, candour and levity making a difficult subject more accessible.
Skin a Cat illustrates a story that isn’t being told – Lynn’s unique, bold, and irreverent voice allows audiences to engage in these difficult conversations with optimism and openness.
The initial production at VAULT showed the impact these stories have, regardless of sexuality, gender and age.
Isley Lynn comments, “The Bunker are hitting the ground running by programming exciting, top quality, genuinely risky new work and I take it as a massive compliment to be the very first show there. Opening a new venue is always a big deal, but for us it’s a validation of all the hard slog that’s gone into the project so far, mounting it with our own resources and pulling in favours – it feels as if it’s all paying off. Not only that, it’s also a validation for all the other Alanas out there, whose experience of sex and sexuality doesn’t match up with what’s on TV, in films, on stage and in books. Mine definitely didn’t which is why I wrote the play. And, sure enough, I wasn’t alone.”
Skin a Cat is brought to life by the stellar cast of Lydia Larson (Travesty – Assembly George Square, The After Dinner Joke and Springs Eternal – Orange Tree, The 24 Hour Plays – The Old Vic), Jassa Ahluwalia (Some Girls – BBC, Ripper Street – BBC, Peaky Blinders – BBC) and Jessica Clark (Versailles – BBC, Rotterdam – Trafalgar Studios, The School for Scandal – Park Theatre).
Rive and The Bunker have partnered with sexual health charity Brook to engage marginalised and hard-to-reach audiences. Brook is the UK’s leading provider of sexual health services and advice for people under 25. They will work to create workshops and events surrounding the production which fight for a positive attitude to young people, sexuality and identity.
Isley Lynn’s frank and funny new play Skin a Cat explores how upsetting and isolating it can be when something which gives most people pleasure is a source of pain and anxiety.
Skin a Cat
Performance Dates Wednesday 12th October – Saturday 5th November 2016
Tuesday – Sunday, 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday, 3pm
Running time 90 minutes
Written by Isley Lynn
Director Blythe Stewart
Designer Holly Pigott
Lighting Designer Harrison Routledge
Producer Zoe Robinson
Cast Lydia Larson, Jessica Clark, Jassa Ahluwalia
The Bunker, 53A Southwark Street London SE1 1RU