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.

Previously performed at: Camden People's Theatre, Traverse Theatre, Tron Theatre, Macrobert Arts Centre and Big Burns Supper. 



20 - 21 June 2018
The Citizens Theatre, Glasgow

(Formerly The Art School but the venue has changed due to the incident on Friday night. Our thoughts are with the staff, students and emergency services, plus the other affected buildings. Tickets still sold via The Art School website)

30 June 2018
Incoming Festival, New Diorama Theatre, London

1 July 2018
Incoming Festival, HOME, Manchester 


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: