Mens Rea (Oxfringe)

Sat 9th – Sun 10th Jun 2012


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Jenkins Schaper


Sex... It’s a complicated affair. Sex is about communication.

Sex is about interpretation. It’s about connecting words and actions; actions that do not always reflect the words uttered. Words devoid of intonation and expression fail to convey the full nature of communication. This moment in history is unprecedented in terms of the legal protection on paper for sexual abuse, yet the number of successful prosecutions for sexual harassment or rape is still exceedingly low.

Inspired by recent high profile cases, this play attempts to highlight the complexities of human sexual relations and to understand the underlying forces and attitudes of the individuals and of society in interpreting the roles of the victim and of the aggressor. Mens Rea is a detailed look into the complexity and subtlety of both verbal and physical communication and the dynamics of power in one of the most important and common acts in human life.

Admission: £5

Simpkins Lee Theatre

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