by Theo Toksvig-Stewart
“I’m a good person, I’m a nice person, I couldn’t do that.”
On the first day of their Drama degree, W and M are thrown together as scene partners. Their relationship soon progresses in a romantic haze of young passionate love with all the usual ceremonies; meeting the families, going away together and supporting each other through the stresses of their degree. They listen to each other. They respect each other.
But everything changes after a drunken evening with their friends. On this night, when he takes off her underwear and his boxers, she says, “No”. But he doesn’t stop.
In the fallout that follows, W struggles to process what has happened to her. She can’t assimilate the rape for what it was, because how could it be rape? He loves her. He couldn’t have done that.
Endless Secondis a play about consent within a relationship and how we talk about rape andexplores how two people deal with a trauma that fundamentally alters the nature of their relationship.
Running Time: 60 minutes
W: Madeleine Gray
M: Theo Toksvig-Stewart
Director: Camilla Gürtler
Writer: Theo Toksvig-Stewart
Music: Sarah Carton
Stage Manager: Charlotte Brown
Image: Fay Summerfield
Video: Josh McClure
Photos: Oli Kearon
Special Thanks to:
Arts Council England, Pleasance Theatre, Theatre503, Matchstick Piehouse, Poplar Union, The Survivors' Trust, Women Against Rape, h Foundation
"Powerful, timely, and sensitive, ‘Endless Second’ is as excellent as it is important."
"The best, most thought-provoking show at this year's Fringe."
UK Theatre Web
“An intense, emotionally demanding piece - and, my word, it's impressive.”
Bouquets and Brickbats
“A far deeper exploration of what is often treated as a simple ‘hot button’ topic.”
The Wee Review
“Capably performed and directed with a vivacious energy”
“It smashes all stereotypes about rape and sexual violence.”
"It is a great piece of theatre, and I’d recommend it in a heartbeat."
Ed Fringe Review
British Theatre Guide