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Three To See 2018: Three shows about problems down below

By | Published on Saturday 28 July 2018

ThreeWeeks Co-Editor Caro Moses helps you navigate the Festival with her Three To See tips. This time three theatre shows exploring problems with sex and genitalia.

Skin A Cat | Assembly Rooms | 2-25 Aug
Yes, yes, it’s true, I have based a whole section of tips on the topic of problems with sex and genitalia, and no, of course I’m not ashamed. Not least because I feel that the sort of things these shows focus on are the sort of things people feel too embarrassed to talk about, so it seems like a good thing, to me, to give them a bit of an airing. And the first one, ‘Skin A Cat’, deals with a teenage girl’s coming of age, the pursuit of losing her virginity, and the obstacles in her way – particularly, the problem of vaginismus. It’s the sort of thing that doesn’t get talked about enough… because.

My Left Nut | Summerhall | 1-26 Aug (pictured)
“400ml. That’s how much liquid was drained from Michael’s left testicle when he was a teenager. More than a can of coke. He should have told someone sooner, but who could he turn to? His dad died ten years ago and besides, school is full of rumours about what the giant bulge in his trousers actually is. Who wants to stop that?” Yes, it’s the boys’ turn, and this true life tale promises to be poignant as well as funny.

Ad Libido | Pleasance Courtyard | 1-27 Aug
You know how I said that this sort of thing doesn’t get talked about enough… because? Well, here’s another show talking about it, so it looks like this Fringe might be the year it happens enough. ‘Ad Libido’ explores Fran Bushe’s own experience of Female Sexual Dysfunction – an umbrella which covers a number of problems, one of which is the aforementioned vaginismus – which apparently affect at least 43% of women. She’s been lying to her partners for years about it, but now it’s time to stop faking and fix the problem. “Expect toe-tapping tunes, a magic penis and a visit to Sex Camp”, and don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Photo: Cait Fahey