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Sex Cells at Harbour Theatre

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A bittersweet comedy about motherhood and friendship

Harbour Theatre is proudly presenting a strictly limited season of the smash-hit bittersweet comedy 'Sex Cells' this Autumn.

Written by Anna Longaretti, 'Sex Cells' is a very funny, poignant tale about motherhood, friendship, love and loss – in the unlikely setting of a call centre selling sex toys.

The play is based on Longaretti's experiences of being a mum, from her decision to have a child to the difficulty of letting her daughter go as she grew up.

The play premiered at London's Hammersmith Riverside Studios in October 2013 to great acclaim.

Directed by Jo Sterkenburg, the Harbour Theatre production features an ensemble cast, including Katherine English, Grace Hitchin, Rachel Bartlett, Mandy Orr and Paul Cook.

In a busy call centre, the four female employees of Aphrodite, a sex toy manufacturer, take telephone orders for Teasey Maids, Titivators and rotating pearly G-strings. Beneath the cheerful customer service and easy banter however, these very different women nurse their own desires and disappointments.

Sylvie (played by Grace Hitchin) is desperate to have a baby and talks about nothing else. Janice (played by Mandy Orr) is a busy working Mum of five children who can't remember who she was before she had children. Tiffany (played by Rachel Bartlett) is young, single and out for a good time with no plans for a baby to ruin her fun and then there's Lily (played by Katherine English), stuck for many years in a loveless marriage and with a strained relationship with her son. Their ever patient and innocent manager Mr Causeway played by Paul Cook holds a longstanding crush on the oblivious Lily.

When asked what attracted her to this play director Jo Sterkenburg said, "Sex Cells is a very funny, poignant play about motherhood, friendship, love and loss. It is interesting to see how four very different women cope with motherhood from a woman desperate to have a child to a mother whose relationship with her son is floundering".

She continues "The cast that I have selected manage to convey each woman's own sense of desperation with believability and sincerity. I am sure many people in the audience will identify with at least one of the characters and what they are going through."

Sex Cells will play at Harbour Theatre, Camelot for a strictly limited season from 12th to 21st May 2017.

Performances will be held at 7.30pm on 12th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 18th, 19th & 21sy May 2017.

A 2.00pm matinee will be held on 14th & 21st May 2017.

Tickets are now on sale and priced as follows: $25.50 Full / $23.50 Concession / $20.50 F/T Student & Child U15

Early bookings are advised; to make a booking, visit and follow the prompts. Alternatively, you can call 08 9255 3336.

For more information on this production and ticketing options, please visit

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When: May 12,13,15,17,18,19,20 @ 7.30pm Matinees May 14 & 21 @ 2.00pm
Where: Harbour Theatre, Camelot, 16 Lochee St, Mosman Park WA 6012
Cost: $25.50 / $23.50 / $20.50
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