Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks: Sarah Hanly grabs you by the balls from the start

Dublin Theatre Festival: In her first play, Hanly describes sexual exploration and discovery in her convent-school oratory

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks: Sarah Hanly in her one-woman show

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks: Sarah Hanly in her one-woman show

PURPLE SNOWFLAKES AND TITTY WANKS

Peacock stage, Abbey Theatre, Dublin
★★★★☆
It’s an arresting title, and Sarah Hanly grabs the audience by the balls from the start. After beginning by saying, “I’m just very, very horny,” she goes on to describe sexual exploration and discovery in her convent-school oratory, punished by being made to play “the man” in Antigone (for which she fashions a sac of testicles).

This sets the play’s tone of frankness and rebellion against the suffocating roles, behaviour, language and dishonesty forced on women and girls growing up today. A coming-of-age celebrating sexuality and detailing encounters from the exhilarating to the exploitative to the experimental, it also ranges over eating disorders, family dysfunction, friendship, the dynamics of girls at school, and chaotic life as a drama student in London.

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