Shopping and Fucking

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Mark Ravenhill edited by Dan Rebellato

DOI: 10.5040/9781408168509.00000026
Scenes: 14. Roles: Male (4) , Female (1) , Neutral (0)

Shopping and Fucking is a witty and shocking look at a corrosive disposable world and a numb, desperate generation. The play opened at the Royal Court Theatre, London, in 1996 and is central to the Nineties movement sometimes called ‘in-yer-face theatre’.

Ravenhill takes the names of his four main characters from pop stars and shows them buying, selling and stealing whatever they can – drugs, sex and ready meals. Mark used to work in the City but is now a recovering junkie; after a topless audition for a shopping channel Lulu is asked to sell ecstasy by her interviewer; Gary, who has been sexually abused by his step-father, is an underage prostitute looking for someone to fulfil his violent fantasies; Robbie tries to make enough to pay the threatening landlord by setting up a phone sex line with Lulu. With a raw mixture of black humour and bleak philosophy, the play shows the lives of disconnected youth reduced to transactions by a dysfunctional consumerist society.

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Bloomsbury Publishing

Mark Ravenhill edited by Dan Rebellato

ISBN: 9780413773739

Series: Student Editions

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