44 Sex Acts In One Week - Sydney Festival

Nicki Alchin
13th Jan 2022

Sydney Festival is renowned for staging acts that are a bit edgy and provocative.

44 Sex Acts In One Week currently running at the Seymour Centre's, York Theatre until 16 January, would definitely fall into this category.

Part romcom, part in your face rude comedic commentary on the pursuit of female sexual and career fulfilment (yes, apparently they go hand in hand), and lastly, part ecological warning, you can't go wrong with David Finnigan's 44 Sex Acts In One Week for a fun, lively Sydney Festival outing with your partner in crime or group of besties.

You can wholeheartedly expect to be titilated by some hilariously creative PG rated displays of sexual acts; razor sharp funny and thought provoking dialogue; and of course some very passionately, energetic acting. However, if you are seeking explicit sex scenes and nudity, you are definitely barking up the wrong tree with this play.

The ensemble cast delivers witty tongue in cheek entertainment at a fast pace. Some of the actors pivot between roles with the use of minor wardrobe adjustments. Rebecca Massey opens the show raucously as a sexual lifestyle tutor who is publicising her new sex guide, "The 44 Sex Acts That Will Change Your Life". We then transition to Celina (Emma Harvie) who is a journalist writing for a clickbait lifestyle blog with her bestie (Priscilla Doueihy) under the dictatorship of a megalomaniac editor (also played by Rebecca Massey along the lines of Meryl Streep's portrayal of Anna Wintour in The Devil Wears Prada). In order to achieve some career and academic goals, Celina makes a desperate deal with her editor to road test the lifechanging sex guide with the aim of submitting a story by Friday. It is this decision that hurtles Celina into a headlong endlessly undulating week of sex from BDSM to role-play, from polyamory to exhibitionism with her sworn office arch enemy brooding hunky animal activist/mail boy, Alab Delussa (Matt Hardie).

In amongst all of this office drama and sexual exploration, we are introduced to the narrator (played by Keith Robinson) whose mysterious identity is not revealed until the closing scenes.

Definitely strap in for some visual and auditory sensory experiences, laugh out loud moments, and a few feelings of raised awareness.

For all booking enquiries visit >> this Sydney Festival link

Now showing up to and including 16 January.