MOTHERHOOD, friendship, love and loss all feature in Anna Longaretti’s Sex Cells at the Stratford’s Bear Pit Theatre.
In a busy call centre, the four female employees of Aphrodite, a sex toy manufacturer, take telephone orders for Teasey Maids, Titivators and rotating pearl g-strings.
Beneath the cheerful customer service and easy banter, however, these very different women nurse their own desires and disappointments.
Sylvie is desperate to have a baby, but her single-minded approach is taking its toll on her marriage and causing friction with her co-workers. With five children, Janice rarely finds time for herself or her husband. Tiffany is young and single, looking for ‘the one’, but wary of sacrificing her independence. Star employee Lily, meanwhile, is stuck in a loveless marriage and estranged from her son, but buries her pain in wisecracks and work.
Their gentle and innocent manager Mr Causeway attempts to diffuse the tension between his staff while suppressing a long-standing crush on the oblivious Lily.
Directed by Olivia Jane Parker, Lily is played by Lucinda Toomey, Sylvie by Karen Welsh, Janice by Stephanie Surrey, Tiffany by Ally Gibson, and Mr Causeway by Philip Hickson
Sex Cells runs at the Rother Street theatre from July 17 to 21.
Visit www.thebearpit.org.uk/whats-on/sex-cells for tickets and further details.