Wonder Fools’ The Coolidge Effect directed by Jack Nurse uses an interactive blend of storytelling, poetry and science to examine how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences. The show received a Special Commendation as part of 'The Suitcase Prize' at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich at PULSE festival 2017.
In 2019, pornography is all around us and the amount we watch it is growing at an exponential rate: in the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are consumed every day. As society's access of pornography increases, so can our unwillingness to talk about it. The Coolidge Effect seeks to break this taboo. Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories and viewpoints are told through four intertwining narratives: George, a Gameboy wielding teenager; Gary, a father lost in the depths of his own addiction; Gail, a pioneering porn producer and Retrospect, an ex-porn addict who wants you to understand.
As well as performing The Coolidge Effect in theatre contexts such as Camden People's Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Tron Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre, Big Burns Supper, Incoming Festival, New Diorma Theatre HOMEmcr and the Citizens’ Theatre we have also toured schools and youth centre is Dumfries and Galloway supported by NHS Scotland.