Acclaimed comic Rosie Wilby returns to Croydon’s Spread Eagle pub theatre with ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’


By - Tuesday 9th February, 2016

Award-winning comedian Rosie Wilby brings her new show ‘Is Monogamy Dead?’ to the Spread Eagle pub theatre on Friday 12th February. 


Photo by Rosie Wilby, used with permission.

Release begins: Prompted by the breakdown of several close friends’ long term partnerships, disgruntled serial monogamist Rosie Wilby presents a loose sequel to her Fringe Report Award winning 2009/10 show The Science Of Sex (which she recently performed in New York) after making a pact with her best friend that they are going to become ‘sex sirens’ in their early 40s – whatever *that* means.

She sets off to investigate age-old conflicts between freedom and commitment and unexpectedly encounters blackbird vasectomies, unicorns, marmosets, giant Malagasy jumping rats, lollipop ladies, George Michael, Juliette Binoche and Jean Paul Sartre whilst also wondering if fairies have feet and if gay marriage means that she will have to take up dusting.

She also presents the results of her anonymous online survey on fidelity (and worries about the woman who included Joan Of Arc and Margaret Thatcher on her fantasy shag list) and her own Family Fortunes-esque quiz to ponder what actually counts as infidelity*, whether any of us agree on this and what other secrets monogamous couples keep from one another.

Plus… her disastrous attempt to find some sexual misadventure at a supposedly erotic ‘lesbian sauna’ (everyone ended up chatting and cleaning) and a dash of sensual cereal eating to test out abstinence advocate John Harvey Kellogg’s theory that a balanced diet including cornflakes would reduce sexual inclinations.

Given that 7 out of 100 people said that merely thinking about somebody else would be cheating (how would you police this?) and 12 out of 100 people admitted to giving themselves the best portion of food: what is the future of monogamy?

She has also invented a few new phrases that haven’t quite made the show but she’d like to share for fun:

  • Mahoganous – when your relationship has become wooden and you need to shake things up
  • Monogamush – what your mind turns to when you’ve been in a monogamous relationship for 4 and a half years (in no way similar to the length of Rosie’s previous relationship)
  • Break Up Energy – akin to New Relationship Energy: the adrenalin of a break up means that even when heartbroken, we can blossom and have a renewed sexual energy and zest for life.

Release ends.

Release sender: Rosie Wilby. 


‘Is Monogamy Dead?’ is on at the Spread Eagle pub threatre, Katharine Street, at 7:30pm on Friday 12th February. Tickets cost £10 and are available here.

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