When Raina arrives at her spoken word gig to see her exes in the audience, all the questions she’s had about her past sexual experiences begin to surface. Through poetry, comedy, and one very awkward encounter with a cheese string, she begins to explore questions about bad sex, drunk sex, and the grey areas of consent.
Sometimes hilarious, sometimes heart-breaking, MANIC is a solo show that combines spoken word, puppetry, and theatre to ask whether it is possible to say you were violated without implicating a partner.
Written and performed by Raina Greifer
Directed by Pippa Thornton
Winner of Best Solo Show at FUSE International 2022
‘A powerful yet harrowing experience, MANIC is an important addition to the conversation of sexual inequality.’ (NSDF Noises Off)
‘A challenging and multifaceted show with a figure of raw talent at its heart.’ (**** Confessions of a Five Foot Two Actress)
‘Astonishing moments of word play, startling metaphor and poetic storytelling drip and drop throughout’ (**** Bath Fringe Hub)
Contains discussions of sexual assault, and strong language. For a full list of content warnings, please click here.
Cast & creative team
Raina Greifer – Writer and Performer
Pippa Thornton – Director
Erin Green – Stage Manager
Riddell Erridge – Producer
Bronwen Wilson – Movement coach
Cici Noir – Choreographer
Noelle Adames – Artist wellbeing
Mary Bennett – Lighting design
- RUNNING TIME55 mins (no interval)
- AGE RECOMMENDATION16+
- TICKETS£12 / £8
- VENUESpielman Theatre
Content warnings: contains adult themes, frank descriptions of sexual assault and rape, emotional discussions of sexual assault, recounting of drunk sex and strong language