Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters

Theatre (solo show, performance art)

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Total Theatre Award-winning Rachel Mars returns following her gleeful sell-out hit Our Carnal Hearts. This time, she’s unearthing the hot-as-hell letters from history that make sexts blush. Before tech, there were hand-written letters. And loads of them were proper filthy. Come! Take pleasure in James Joyce’s passion for arse, find out who sneaked her gay lover into the White House and bear witness to the best/worst sexts ever sent. This gloriously intimate, very funny and surprisingly moving new show is an erotic archive shot through with Rachel’s personal ventures in contemporary queer kink.

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  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, follow access ramp around the front of the made in Adelaide bar, into the main reception, take a right down the corridor past the cafe and through the light-saber corridor. The Red Lecture Theatre (x) – 14 steps down to the space, a further 10 steps through the seating and onto the stage. There is lift access only with prior notice to Summerhall Management.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
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Lover of Letters 93 days ago

Rachel’s concept is worth exploring, the execution remains a difficult work in progress. While I wish every encouragement to Rachel, her endeavours on this occasion merit a word of caution to the unsuspecting audience member.

There is undoubted interest in the contrasting styles of bold written sexual dialogue between lovers compared across generations. The performance construct tires well before the end, half acknowledged in the performance itself through the introduction of a music backdrop that is unnecessary during the forcefulness of the first few examples. The coarser dialogue, from the same well known author, becomes tiresome doled out in quantities far beyond the original, snail mail intent.

There is a particular art in maintaining sensory appeal that extends over 60 minutes. When a sexual idea falls short, we succumb to numbness and boredom.

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The F Word 85 days ago

Mars is captivating to watch and throws herself wholeheartedly into what for many of us is a deeply sensitive topic. Music and PowerPoint slides accompany her speeches in what ends up being a very satisfying and thought-provoking hour.

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The List (4/5 stars) 86 days ago

A dip into the well of sex...

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Deadline News (3/5 stars) 88 days ago

Although at first it seems like Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters would have maybe been better suited in a night-time slot or at a bar, the fact that you have a clear head means you are able to fully appreciate the deeper meaning of Mars’ raunchy solo show, and reflect on the way you communicate within your own relationships.

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Edinburgh Festivals Magazine (4/5 stars) 90 days ago

We open with a letter from James Joyce, describing to his lover how much he enjoys the sensuous nature of her farts. Yes, this is only the beginning of Rachel Mars’ Your Sexts are Shit: Older Better Letters. S...

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The Wee Review (3/5 stars) 90 days ago

Rachel Mars is a writer, performer, comedian and live artist. They are presenting Your Sexts Are Shit: Older Better Letters to a near sell-out audience at Summerhall. To the back of the stage we see projections of text messages from dating and messaging apps, while to the side of the...

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One4Review (4.5/5 stars) 92 days ago

As the title suggests this show is about the art of letter writing and a celebration of the dirtiest correspondence penned by well known authors, from James Joyce to Eleanor Roosevelt. Rachel Mars reads the letters directly to us enjoying … Read More...

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Fest (4/5 stars) 92 days ago

So—er—James Joyce was a bit of a filthy fuck. Not a fan of full stops; big fan of a lady fart. His long-distance lusty letters to Nora Barnacle, his wife, are expansive, elaborate odes to her arse and its ample possibilities. “It is wonderful to fuck a farting woman,” the...

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FringeReview 92 days ago

Rachel Mars, presents a series of letters written between lovers. What makes these interesting is that these lovers are well known writers and musicians, from over 100 years ago, and to be frank, they are positively filthy in places. A Fringe tip: just don’t take your  Nan to this show. ...

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