Theatre review: Sex Education, Summerhall, Edinburgh

Harry Clayton-Wright’s extraordinary Sex Education is about sex. Gay sex.
Sex Education, Summerhall (Venue 26)Sex Education, Summerhall (Venue 26)
Sex Education, Summerhall (Venue 26)

Lots of gay sex, and gay porn, some of it quite unusual. It’s also about his mum, and their relationship, and how they feel proud and loving and protective about each other despite their differences. And it’s about her inability to give him the information he needed about sex growing up, and society’s failure to provide that information anywhere else. It’s about information and the ethics of its provision – when is too much information harmful and when is too little? And where does a bunny on a leash in the snow fit into all this?

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