Opens 24 Apr 2018
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
Sarah Daniels' play about pornography was premiered at Manchester's Royal Exchange Theatre in 1983, and seen at London's Royal Court Theatre in 1983. Masterpieces opens on three couples - Rowena and Trevor, their friends Hilary and Ron, and Rowena's mother Jennifer and stepfather Clive - having dinner in a restaurant. They exchange sexist jokes to a variety of responses: some laugh uproariously, some uncomfortably, and one is deeply unhappy. Masterpieces is the story of Rowena, and her journey from seeing a pornographic magazine for the first time, to a thwarted attempt to help an unhappy prostitute, from uncomfortable laughter, to radical and disgusted protest at female subjugation. A passionate indictment of pornography, the objectification of women and those who condone violence against them.
The first professional London production in 35 years