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When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other

Martin Crimp

Martin Crimp’s searing exploration of gender roles, sexual domination and violence, inspired by Samuel Richardson’s Pamela.

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Go on then: lock the doors and see what happens. Show me how much power you really have.

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other breaks through the surface of contemporary debate to explore the messy, often violent nature of desire and the fluid, complicated roles that men and women play.

Using Samuel Richardson’s novel Pamela as a provocation, six characters act out a dangerous game of sexual domination and resistance.

When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other premiered at the National Theatre, London, in January 2019.

Critic Reviews

Crimp’s dialogue, and their pin-sharp performances, are constantly mutating . . . the writing constantly intrigues, while also being surprisingly just quite fun.

Critic Reviews

Together, Mitchell and Crimp complicate the power dynamics, weaving a web of gender relations, seniority, authorship and financial clout. Brandishing a sandwich in one hand and a strap-on in the other, "When We Have Sufficiently Tortured Each Other" begs the most slippery questions of consent.

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Katie Mitchell's brave, unflinching production is always aware of how the aggressive sex here is informed by modern gender politics – and maybe judged by it. It is also eerily, and disturbingly, convincing.

Critic Reviews

The matter of how one actually tells a story is intrinsic to the original work. Crimp sharpens the focus until it becomes a kind of pervy verbal fencing match between individuals.

Financial Times

Martin Crimp was born in 1956. His play Attempts on Her Life (1997) established his international reputation. His other work for theatre includes Men Asleep, The Rest Will be Familiar to You from Cinema, In the Republic of Happiness, Play House, The City, Fewer Emergencies, Cruel and Tender, The Country, The Treatment, Getting Attention, No One Sees the Video, Play…

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