Shopping and Fucking

by  Mark Ravenhill

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 1f

The ground-breaking debut from one of the most important playwrights of the last decade, now in an acting edition.

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Shopping and Fucking

by  Mark Ravenhill

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    4m, 1f
  • Duration

    Duration

    120 minutes (2 hours)
  • SubGenre

    Subgenre

    Farce, Parody / Spoof
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Adult

Additional Info

The ground-breaking debut from one of the most important playwrights of the last decade, now in an acting edition. "Shopping and Fucking is a darkly humorous play for today's twenty-somethings ...a real coup de theatre" Nicholas de Jongh, Evening Standard "Plunges you into the world of disposability, disconnection and dysfunction, where relationships to be trusted have to be reduced to transactions ...strong stuff" Paul Taylor, Independent "Ravenhill has more to say, and says it more refreshingly and wittily, than any other playwright of his generation" - Time Out
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Reviews

REVIEWS

"Ravenhill has a sharp eye for the blackly comic bizarreries of this tragic, emotionally shrink-wrapped world." - The Independent, Read More

"Ravenhill writes well, sometimes eloquently, even bordering on the poetic." - CurtainUp, Read More

"Ravenhill’s shocking drama presents the most graphic and disturbing gay sex scenes ever seen onstage." - New York, Read More

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Professional Theatre
  • Large Stage
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Alcohol Alcohol
  • Caution Drugs Drugs
  • Caution Intense Adult Intense Adult Themes
  • Caution Nudity Nudity/Partial Nudity

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $90 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Contemporary
  • Duration: 120 minutes (2 hours)
  • Setting: Contemporary London
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

4m, 1f
LULU
ROBBIE
MARK
GARY
BRIAN
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Casting Notes

Multiple gay-male roles, extremely violent.

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Authors

Mark Ravenhill

Mark Ravenhill was born in Haywards Heath, West Sussex in 1966. He studied Drama and English at Bristol University. His first play Shopping and Fucking was produced by Out of Joint and the Royal Court Theatre in 1996. Subsequent plays include Faust Is Dead and Handbag (both Actors Touring Company), Some Explicit Pola ...

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Shopping and F***ing was first performed at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs, London, in September of 1996, under the direction of Max Stafford-Clark.

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