You watch porn. Right? You don' t have to tell us. That's not what this is about.

In 2017, pornography is all around us and the amount we watch it is growing at an exponential rate: in the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are consumed every day.

As society's access of pornography increases, so can our unwillingness to talk about it. The Coolidge Effect seeks to break this taboo.

Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories and viewpoints are told through four intertwining narratives: George, a Gameboy wielding teenager; Gary, a father lost in the depths of his own addiction; Gail, a pioneering porn producer and Retrospect, an ex-porn addict who wants you to understand.

The Coolidge Effect uses an interactive blend of storytelling, poetry and science to examine how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences.

The show received a Special Commendation as part of 'The Suitcase Prize' at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich at PULSE festival 2017.



18 November 2017
New Diorama Theatre, London

20 October 2017
Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling

27 - 30 September 2017
Tron Theatre, Glasgow

20 - 22 September 2017
Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

2 June 2017
PULSE Festival - New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich
(shortlisted for 'The Suitcase Prize')

22 March 2017
Camden People's Theatre, London
(presented as part of Sprint 2017)

8 & 9 December 2016
Glue Factory, Glasgow
(work in progress performance)

19 & 21 January 2016
Into The New Festival- Pearce Institute, Glasgow
(initial development)


Robbie Gordon


Jack Nurse
Robbie Gordon

Jack Nurse

Catherine McLauchlan

Lighting Designer
Benny Goodman

Creative Collaborators
Meg Forgan
Nima Sene

Ailie Crerar (Current) 
Hector Macpherson Brown (Originating)

Images by Beth Chalmers and Jassy Earl Photography



“Incredibly powerful and innovative” ★★★★ Young Perspective
“Immersive, educational and political […] Wonder Fools have created an impactful and visceral piece of work”  72% The Fountain
“Brave […] Forceful mix of factual information, fictional storytelling, movement and reflection” ★★★ Joyce McMillan (The Scotsman)
"Wonder Fools are talented theatre-makers and it’s exciting to see an emerging theatre company making such a varied piece and doing so with a noticeable confidence” Exeunt Magazine


Creating The Coolidge Effect has involved a challenging and lengthy research and development process. Have a look at some snippets of it at our development blog: