The International Writers Magazine:
Play Review: Final Year Creative Arts 2006
Celibate Nymphomanic by Amy Dunmall
One Night Only at the Wiltshire Studio One - Portsmouth
play written and performed by Amy Dunmall The Celibate Nymphomaniac:
this interesting, controversial title immediately aroused my curiosity.
A short, one-woman play with a graphic burst of pornographic energy
from start to finish; I was definitely entertained!
Our sexually deprived
heroine, Candice entered to the playing of Three times a lady
(she certainly has the sexual appetite of one) and created a humorous
first impression that was successful maintained throughout. The use
of the visual was greatly effective in this piece. Not only was the
audience treated to a highly graphic verbal description of her sexual
promiscuity; we also got to witness her encounters through re-enactments
involving a chair and fast, thrusting motions. These visual elements
complimented the crude, language nicely as it lightened some of the
more lurid descriptions and allowed us to laugh instead of blush. Although
Im pretty sure there will have been some of that going on too!
The story to this piece was also rather interesting; a girl devoted
to sex with a boyfriend now devoted to Jesus. It couldnt have
gone more horribly wrong for this highly sexed woman. The monologue
was populated with hilarious lines such as "sin is in" and
"god forbid, and he does Ive checked". There was also
a section worthy of mention which sent the entire audience into hysterics:
Candice tells us of the women at her boyfriends church who are
campaigning against the use of tampons. Their slogan reads "dont
let the devil pull the string." The quote says it all really doesnt
The stage was set with a single chair and minimal lighting was used
to spotlight Amy. My only qualm with this set was not its minimalism,
this worked well as our attention was concentrated entirely on Candice.
However I did feel that the chair was too far forward as my vision was
partially obscured. Perhaps this was done to create intimacy with the
audience but I feel a little more space would have been visually effective
and not detrimental to the successfulness of the piece.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this bold, saucy work and was impressed
with the complimentary concoction of the crude and hilarious. I feel
that Amy deserves praise for her brave subject and up front and
personal style. I know I couldnt stand in front of an audience
discussing the angel wings on maxi-pads! So if you feel like seeing
something different and overtly sexual this is the play for you!
Tehrani December 2006
Natali Tehrani is a Creative Writing student at the University of Portsmouth
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