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Skin a Cat

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Isley Lynn
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Full Length, Drama
ISBN: 978-0-8222-3754-9
THE STORY: Every teenager thinks they’re the only one not having sex. But for Alana, it may well be true. Every time she gets close to doing it, something just seems to get in the way… Soon she can’t help wondering: Is it this tricky for everyone else? Because no one ever said it was going to be this complicated. With a kaleidoscope of off-kilter characters, SKIN A CAT follows Alana on an awkward sexual odyssey: from getting her first period at nine years old and freaking out her frantic mother, to watching bad porn at a house party with her best friend’s boyfriend, to a painful examination by an overly cheery gynaecologist—all in the pursuit of losing her virginity and finally becoming a woman. Whatever that means…
“…written with considerable charm and a laugh-out-loud comic edge…The piece has an endearing unfettered honesty…the play swerves unexpectedly and avoids becoming an issue piece, becoming an altogether more interesting meditation on difference and the crushing pressure to be what is considered normal in a highly sexualised culture.” —Guardian (UK). “…frank and funny… Lynn’s play is eloquent and insightful about the pressures people place on themselves…Frequently hilarious, it’s also refreshingly honest and open…this is bold and genuinely exciting writing…” —The Stage (UK). “…Beyond its silly and plentiful humour is a genuinely moving and effortlessly charming [play]…Lynn deliberately blurs the line between the clinical and the erotic.” —Time Out London. “SKIN A CAT should be compulsory viewing for anyone under 25. Scratch that, it should be compulsory viewing for everyone. …Lynn’s play educates as much as it entertains. …Few plays capture the excitement and the frustration of blossoming teenage sexuality so accurately. ” —AYoungerTheatre.com.