Rosy Carrick's MUSCLEBOUND to Launch UK Tour

Carrick's play Passionate Machine won awards for Best Design and Best New Play at Brighton Fringe, plus more.

By: Feb. 22, 2024
Rosy Carrick's MUSCLEBOUND to Launch UK Tour
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In her multi-award-winning theatre debut Passionate Machine, feminist powerhouse, Rosy Carrick became the world's first female time-travelling doctor. For her new show, touring in March with a London date on 24 February (see full dates below), she is Musclebound to examine our most shameful sexual secrets.

At the age of five, Rosy, was watching live action films featuring characters like He-Man and Conan the Barbarian being stripped, beaten and humiliated by their male antagonists. This sparked an odyssey of secret obsession that would shape her erotic life forever. When bodybuilders and 80s action films unite, you can always count on one thing - a good hard flogging!

Now, newly single, forty, with a string of disappointing relationships behind her and sharing relationship advice with her teenage daughter, Rosy is forced to confront the niggling suspicion that something about her love life has never felt quite right.

Can her past obsession with tortured beefcake really be the key to her salvation? Or does a more uncomfortable sexual truth lurk, waiting to be reckoned with?

'When I was writing Musclebound, I basically set out to write the show I wished I could have seen when I was a teenager' she explained. 'It's about me getting to grips with my childhood passion for watching these incredible scenes of hyper-muscular men being abused. About why that dynamic felt so powerful. Musclebound takes a playful, candid and highly singular look at sexual power, female pleasure and the politics and principles of org*sm-faking.'

Join Rosy in this intelligent, provocative and terrifically funny real-life story, as she goes to any lengths to find out - even if that means asking Dolph Lundgren and Arnold Schwarzenegger themselves...

Rosy Carrick is a writer, performer, actor and translator. Her critically acclaimed play Passionate Machine won awards for Best Design and Best New Play at Brighton Fringe, and The Infallibles Award for Theatrical Excellence at Edinburgh Fringe. She has co-hosted the poetry stages at Latitude and Port Eliot Festivals and hosts the Glastonbury Poetry and Words stage. Her debut poetry collection Chokey was published in 2018. Rosy has a PhD on the Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky and has released two books of his work in translation. She is currently co-writing a videogame with ZA/UM, the creators of Disco Elysium.

Musclebound is directed by Fringe First winner Katie Bonna.

Tour dates:

1 March 7.30pm Weston-super- Mare Front Room, 13 Central Walk, BS23 1FF

3 March 7.30pm Brighton The Old Market, 11A Upper Market St BN3 1AS 01273 201 801

9 March 8pm Norwich Stage Two, Norwich Theatres, Theatre Street NR2 1RL 01603 630 000

14 March 7.30pm Sheffield Theatre Deli, Cuthbert House, Arley Street S2 4QP

15 March 7.30pm New Galloway, Dumfries, Scotland CatStrand, New Galloway, DG7 3RN 01644 420374

19 March Bristol Wardrobe Theatre, 25 West St BS2 0DF 0117 902 0344

21 March 7.30pm Exeter Phoenix, Candy St EX4 3LS 013792 667080

22 March 7.30pm Falmouth The Poly, 24 Church St TR11 3EG 01326 319461

23 March 7.30pm Clevedon Theatre Shop, 5 Queens Square, BS21 6HX