The Big Idea

8 – 13 March 2014

The Big Idea continues with a new programme investigating how we negotiate our sex lives, inspired by the breadth of ideas in Abi Morgan’s The Mistress Contract.

Unusual Unions

The Big Debate: Should We Contract Our Sex Lives

Why Write a Feminist Play?

The Big Idea is a strand of work at the Royal Court launched during last year’s Open Court festival, offering audiences radical thinking and provocative discussion inspired by the work on stage.

This particular programme of events will bring together artists, activists and an anthropologist to interrogate the relationships we form and how we talk about them.

The programme includes five short new plays around ‘unusual unions’ by playwrights Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Rachel De-lahay, Kieran Hurley, Rebecca Lenkiewicz and Tom Wells, which will all take place in unlikely locations around the Royal Court both Front of House and backstage. Nick Payne, whose piece Blurred Lines is currently on stage at The Shed at the National Theatre, will be in conversation with Abi Morgan about what makes a feminist play, while The Big Debate asks whether we should contract our sex lives.

Previous Productions

The Big Idea Live


Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

Why Write A Feminist Play?

Thursday 13 Mar 2014

Jerwood Theatre Downstairs

The Big Debate: Should we Contract our Sex Lives?

Wednesday 12 Mar 2014

Royal Court Theatre

Unusual Unions

Frances Ya-Chu Cowhig, Rachel De-lahay, Kieran Hurley, Rebecca Lenkiewicz...

Saturday 8 Mar 2014

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