Black Swan State Theatre Company 

presents

IN THE NEXT ROOM, OR THE VIBRATOR PLAY by Sarah Ruhl 

20 October to 4 November 2018 at the Heath Ledger Theatre, State Theatre Centre, Perth.

Untitled“In the Next Room, or The Vibrator Play” is a sassy play about power and passion. Sarah Ruhl re-imagines the curious chapter in the early history of psychotherapy, when women were treated with a certain mechanical device. And thus began the peculiar history of the vibrator… 

Set in the 1880s, just after the advent of electricity, “In the Next Room” takes place in the adjoining parlour and consulting room of Dr Givings, who specialises in treating “hysteria” in women. Brisk, clinical and efficient in manner, he obsesses on the marvels of technology and what it can do for his patients. Although highly observant, he fails to notice that his wife, Catherine, is feeling neglected. Seeking the companionship of her husband’s patients, she soon begins to discover the truth about what goes on ‘in the next room’. A fantastically funny and marvellously entertaining bodice ripper about true love and orgasms. Nominated for three Tony Awards and a Pulitzer Prize, this is a play guaranteed to hit the spot!

“Insightful, fresh and funny, the play is as rich in thought as it is in feeling.” New York Times.

 

 

DIRECTOR: Jeffrey Jay Fowler

CAST INCLUDES: Elizabeth Blackmore, Rebecca Davis, Stuart Halusz, Kingsley Judd, Tariro Mavondo, Jo Morris, and Tom Stokes.

Check out the VIBRATOR DISPLAY in the Heath Ledger foyer

There’s a display of vintage vibrators provided by Ian Bersten. Like washing machines and irons, vibrators were pitched to housewives as “Aids that Every Woman Appreciates,” 1918 Sears catalog ad.

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