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First Drafts: C*nt

26 July

Katherine Manners & Holly Race Roughan

Tickets £5 | 7pm

Evelyn doesn’t enjoy sex anymore. In fact, she hasn’t for a while. What’s wrong with her? Surely in our ultra-liberated, porn-saturated society it shouldn’t be hard to squeeze out a half decent orgasm?

To find answers, she must journey back in time. Further than she dreamed possible.

The journey won’t be easy, and there’ll be men hell bent on ‘curing’ her every step of the way.

Five women challenge our patriarchal notions of sex head-on in a show that is fast, funny, explicit and very, very erotic. Not for the faint-hearted.



  • Writer- Katherine Manners
  • Director- Holly Race Roughan


Katherine Manners

Katherine is a writer and actress. She trained at the Central School of Music and Drama and has performed regularly in the West End, in regional theatre and on television. Credits include Richard 3rd (Old Vic & Brooklyn Academy of Music), From Morning to Midnight, Revenger’s Tragedy, Coram Boy (National Theatre), The Hundred We Are (The Yard), War & Peace (BBC), Bliss and Lucky Man (Sky).

She has had several short plays produced, including Lucky George for the RADA studios and  London Transport Museum, and Don’t Cross Bridges for St James Theatre and Southwark Playhouse, which is currently being made into a short film for Blue Shadows Films.

She has several plays in development including Rooftoppers, an adaptation of the children’s novel of the same name by Katherine Rundell which has had workshop development at the National Theatre studios and Bristol Old Vic, and Vixen’s Scream, a one act play developed with support from Headlong theatre.

She has recently been commissioned to write for Lewes based theatre company Hungry Wolf, and her first full length production Goodbye Rosetta will be produced in 2018 in London and at the Edinburgh and Brighton festivals.

Holly Race Roughan

Most recently Holly was dramaturg on experiential showPrurience at the Southbank Centre. This summer she will be directing the UK tour of People, Places and Things, a National Theatre and Headlong co-production with Jeremy Herrin. Other directing includes: Best Served Cold (Vaults Festival), Clickbait (Theatre 503), The Low Road (Central School of Speech and Drama), Animal (Gate Theatre, Royal Welsh College of Speech and Drama), Eye of a Needle(Southwark Playhouse), A First World Problem (Theatre503), Believers Anonymous (The Rosemary Branch), Waiting For Alice (Pleasance Courtyard) and After the War (Cambridge ADC Theatre).

As Associate/Staff Director: People, Places and Things(National Theatre & West End), The Shoemaker’s Holiday(RSC), Hotel (National Theatre), The Pass (Royal Court), The Birthday Party, A Doll’s House, Rats Tales, The Country Wife (Royal Exchange), Three Birds (Bush Theatre/Royal Exchange).