The Science of Sex at South Street Arts CentreBy Phil Creighton
April 28, 2010
There’s no denying that we like to laugh about sex. From Carry Ons with their rather mild sexual innuendo to the more explicit jokes that would make even Viz readers blush, we enjoy a giggle over the birds and the bees.
But making sexual-flavoured jokes with a scientific angle? Surely that can’t be done?
Well, musician and comedian Rosie Wilby is ready to prove you wrong as she brings her latest show, The Science of Sex, to South Street this Saturday night.
“The title may be a little bit misleading,” she says from her London home.
“Yes, there is a little bit of sauciness in all my shows but it’s very much about love and relationships.
“When I say sex, I mean it in quite a broad sense: it’s about sexuality and attraction. Of course,” she adds, “sex piques people’s interest.”
The evening, which promises to be educational as well as amusing, came out of a crucial time in Rosie’s own relationship with her partner.
“I was doing a lot of soul searching. My own relationship was approaching what I’ve now found out is a very critical point – the three-year anniversary.
Me and my partner broke up for a while so I was really searching about love, and what these things actually mean.”
Thankfully, they got back together again, so her research paid off.
Her studies looked at how and why we fall in love, exploring what goes in the brain and why we’re attracted
to certain types. It was, Rosie admits, “fascinating”.
She even went off to Queen Mary’s University to conduct some experiments in sexuality.
She explains: “A friend of a friend of mine was doing some very pioneering research – the only one of its kind in the UK – looking at sexuality and sexual identity and the difference between gay and straight brains.
“It seems there is a strong corelation in the results between gay men and straight women and also sometimes between straight men and some lesbians, so it suggests that our brains are similar along those lines. It’s very useful to be able to understand these things.”
And Rosie promises that her show will be funny and accessible.
“In a comedy show you can’t go into too much detail, but it’s great to have this wealth of background knowledge,” she explains. “I find it all fascinating.”
It won’t be Rosie’s first visit to Reading – about 18 months ago she played a gig at RISC – “I can’t remember quite why but lots of people dressed up as pirates” – as well as being a regular visitor to Reading Festival in the late 90s.
As a lesbian comic, she would also be happy to come along to Reading Pride, which will be held in September. “That would be fun,” she says.
In the meantime, her sights are firmly set on Saturday’s gig, which she promises will be one-off event.
“No show is ever the same, there’s always something unique and lovely at each show,” she says.
“People should come because it’s something a bit different: it combines comedy with a bit of science.”
So, if you fancy a night with all the right chemistry, Rosie’s got the formula for you.
All tickets for the show cost £8.
- Saturday, May 1
- (0118) 960 6060