Royal Court Theatre and Abbey Theatre

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks

Written and Performed by Sarah Hanly

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Tue 01 Feb - Sat 12 Feb £15 - £25 Book Now Limited Availability

“I’m just very very horny. I don’t know how else to put it.”  

Saoirse Murphy moves from one chaotic world to another. From her religious home in Dublin, to a new exciting life in London. She’s had a taste of freedom and she’s making the most of it; but underneath it all she’s struggling to manage a big secret, and there’s only one person she can talk to about it.  

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks is Irish playwright Sarah Hanly’s debut play. Alice Fitzgerald directs.

Sarah is a writer, actress and founder of Dóchas Pictures; and was awarded the 2019 Pinter Commission. The production is co-produced with the Abbey Theatre in Dublin where Sarah’s monologue, SHOWER, was performed by Denise Gough as part of the theatre’s Dear Ireland series. Sarah was part of a Royal Court’s Long Form Writers’ Group where playwrights are given space and support to develop their work over a sustained period of time. 

Post-show talk Wed 9 Feb

A Q&A with writer and performer Sarah Hanly. This event is free with a ticket to that evening’s performance.

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“This is refreshing and disturbing, and joyous and dark, and hilarious and painful, all at the same time, with a burning anger at the core.”

The Irish Times, Deirdre Falvey

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"A bold and accomplished debut from Hanly that will receive a richly deserved second outing at London’s Royal Court next year.”

Financial Times, Max McGuinness

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"A searingly frank account of female sexuality and shame.”

The Sunday Times, Clara Mallon

“Saoirse may be shamed by her culture, but Hanly, as a writer and performer, is redefining the female body on stage on her own terms.”

The Business Post, Sara Keating

“A bold mix of sacred and profane.”

The Guardian, Helen Meany

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