Rebecca loves sex – as does Steve. Inside Steve’s intimate, turpentine-scented studio, Rebecca and Steve’s affair blossoms and implodes in a sensual paint-laden battle of the sexes; but at what point does self-expression become self-harm? Sex, art and addiction clash in Permanence, a raw and provocative new play asking us if one can ever truly love if one is lying to oneself.
From Freud’s hysteria to incarcerated unwed mothers in asylums … Across history, women who enjoy sex for sex itself have been chastised, classified as hysteric, in need of intervention and even imprisoned. History has taught us women who love sex are mad, bad and difficult to live with. Permanence examines contemporary gender stereotypes, asking why there are still different rules for men and women. Why does the idea of a woman who loves sex still register as radical?