DOI: 10.5040/9781784600259.00000002
Acts: 3. Roles: Male (4) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Lucy Kirkwood's NSFW is a comedy satirising media attitudes to sexuality and personal privacy. It was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre in the Jerwood Theatre Downstairs on 25 October 2012.

The first part of the play is set in the editorial offices of Doghouse, a fictional lads mag that, amongst other things, runs photographs of topless women. It has just proudly unveiled the winner of its Local Lovely 2012 competition, sent in by a reader; but the buxom Carrie, 18, turns out to be only 14 years old, and her father is taking legal action. In an attempt to save the magazine (and his own career), Aidan, the editor of the magazine, sacks the well-meaning junior, Sam, who sanctioned the use of the shots. But Carrie's irate father is not so easily mollified...

In the second part of the play, Miranda, editor of a glossy women's mag called Electra, interviews the now-destitute Sam. As part of the interview she requires him to look at pictures of famous, glamorous women and identify their physical flaws, thus demonstrating her own, more insidious objectification of women.

The play's title refers to a website acronym meaning 'not safe for work', applied to online material (typically pornographic in nature) which the viewer may not want to be seen accessing in a public or formal setting such as work.

The Royal Court premiere was directed by Simon Godwin and designed by Tom Pye, with a cast including Julian Barratt as Aidan, Sacha Dhawan as Sam and Janie Dee as Miranda.

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Nick Hern Books

Lucy Kirkwood

ISBN: 9781848422902

Series: NHB Modern Plays

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