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Rebecca Masey - 44 Sex Acts In One Week - Edinburgh Fringe Interview

As part of our Edinburgh Fringe 2024 coverage we are running a series of interviews with artists and creatives that are taking part in the festival. 

In this interview, we speak to Rebecca Masey about her show 44 Sex Acts In One Week.

Where did your arts career begin?
My illustrious career began while I was still at Law School in New Zealand. I got a role as one of the hysterical girls in The Crucible, but having only learnt about putting burglars behind bars, had no idea how to put on a wig. My wig fell off as I tore across the stage in the courtroom scene screaming “I saw Goody Good with the devil!”. I knew then I had a future in comedy.

What can you tell me about your show?
It’s an apocalyptic rom-com written by playwright provocateur, David Finnigan. Long story short, girl meets boy, girl hates boy, girl f**ks boy 44 times, the world collapses.

Reviewers have said things like “sex positive, egalitarian, patriarchy-smashing, late-stage capitalism obliterating, empathic, relatable, and profound.” But fundamentally it’s a fabulously funny sexy treat.

How would you describe the style of the show?
Imagine 4 brilliant clowns getting busy with microphones and fruit in a slippery and subversive take on a classic radio play. Time Out (4 Stars) said “The the joy and momentum of the theatrical spectacle is stripped bare to its primal beating heart with some bells and whistles thrown in.” But really it’s CHAOS.

How have you approached developing the piece?
The premise of all work in the Club House is roll up your sleeves, work super hard and have a joyful time making as much mischief as you can.

The fruit foley is a great example. We needed to find a sexy solution to putting all that intercourse on stage (which is generally super unsexy). And discovered (how you may ask!) that when miked, and tended to in just the right way, a melon can makes a deliciously similar sound to sex, and is a much more playful and juicy visual.

How do/will you prepare yourself for a run at the Fringe?
Pin my wig.

Other than the show, what’s something you’re looking forward to doing in Edinburgh this year?
Because our show is a little afternoon delight (4.40 pm each day), and I’m coming over with some deeply naughty pals, so we are going to see as much theatre as possible, drink too much and find wood fired sauna on a loch. Can’t wait!

What keeps you inspired?
I love theatre so much; I never stop being captivated by being around all things theatre. I’m inspired by all the brilliant people I get to work with. Clever writing, honesty, my friendships, my family - life inspires me. As my character sex coach Malaine Guttierez says, “grip life by the clunge and do not let go!” (come to the show if you don’t know what a clunge is).

What do you hope an audience takes away from seeing the show?
I’d like them to consider for a brief moment what it might be like if humans lost their place as the apex predator on this glorious planet of ours, whilst getting the inside scoop on what it might be to peg someone in the middle aisle in Aldi at 10am on a Wednesday.

Where can audiences see the show?
The Kingdome at the Pleasance. 4.40 each day. Come! Come multiple times. Come with a friend. No, really, you’ll want to come.

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