Such Filthy F*cks, by Oli Forsyth, is the seventh play by the award-winning Smoke and Oakum Theatre. It takes us into the fractured and fast-changing world of Jules and Luka, two ordinary people, desperately trying to connect with each other and live normal lives, but all while completely and utterly addicted to porn. The people behind the show spoke with The Fountain about the drivers behind the show as well as their plans for the Fringe.
TF: You are performing at the Edinburgh Fringe this year, how exciting?
Hugely! It’s really exciting to be heading back to the festival and with such a great team. There’s something really special about the madness of Edinburgh and the volume of amazing work that’s on offer.
I mean, we say that now, but give it 2 weeks of living on chips and 4 hours sleep and we might not sound so enthusiastic.
TF: Such Filthy F*cks certainly sounds intriguing, what is the premise?
It’s all about porn addiction. We always get some raised eyebrows when we say that, but it’s a really important topic that seems to have become very present in recent months. More specifically it’s the story of Jules and Luka, two porn addicts who try to hold together a conventional relationship despite the fact they’re incapable of finding each other attractive.
It’s a very funny and touching look at an issue that seems to be cropping up all over the place at the moment. Last year, for example, PornHub received 28 billion hits – 28 billion – but when did you last see a show about it?
TF: And what drove the project, where did your influences lie?
I’d been looking a lot into modern ideas of love and romance, ad how they fare in a Tinder/Hinge world, but it felt a little trivial. I then found a report detailing the worrying rise in impotence in men in their 30s over the last 10 years. This was linked to the explosion of online porn.
That sowed the idea of a show for me, the idea of how fantasy love affects reality and how men and women approach this new phenomena. Once I started down that road I found large online communities of people who are desperate to quit porn so they can have normal relationships, but just can’t seem to stop watching. That internal conflict formed the backbone of the play.
TF: Have you been to the Fringe before, is there anything you are keen to see whilst in Edinburgh?
Smoke & Oakum Theatre first came to the Fringe in 2014 with a show of ours called Tinderbox. We had such a good response to the show, and had so much fun doing it, that we came back in 2015 and 2016 with ‘Happy Dave’ and ‘Cornermen’.
We haven’t been back since then, so it’s really exciting to start work on a show that you know needs to float in the chaos that is the Fringe.
In terms of what we are looking forward to, we could fill an entire article. I think The Incident Room is going to be something pretty special, and we’re really looking forward to seeing War of the Worlds by the brilliant Rhum and Clay. We also get a chance to finally see‘I’m a Phoenix, Bitch by Bryony Kimmings.
TF: And what are your future plans beyond SFF?
Last year we had our first UK tour with our boxing show Cornermen which was co-produced by New Diorama Theatre and Red Ladder and was genuinely one of the best experiences we’ve had.
Such Filthy F*cks feels like another show that belongs in the back of a van, heading out across the UK to different places, so we’ll be looking to tour it in 2020.
You can see Such Filthy F*cks at Pleasance Dome from 6th – 26th August at 16:10. For tickets, please visit www.edfringe.com