Simon Stephens on stage sex

Tuesday 6th December 2016

Simon Stephens
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Quote of the day: “Sex on stage is difficult because audiences always know it’s not really happening. Its palpable lack of mimetic actuality means they disengage from the idea it might be happening as a kind of metaphor. The trick is to embrace the metaphorical nature of the thing. When the lie is embraced it reveals so much more truthfulness. The scene works best and is most erotically charged when the two actors don’t even touch each other.” (Simon Stephens’s Simon Stephens: A Working Diary)

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