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“sexandviolets.com” by Joe Woodward
Sexandviolets.com broaches areas within the shadows of culture to create a hidden world of perverse logic: a context where sex, art and desires and personal experiences coalesce to make visible those hidden foundations that ferment into religion, social order and social behaviour. Initially seen through the eyes of Artaud (deriving his name and life from the French writer, Antonin Artaud), his web site sexandviolets.com attracts people to indulge in their dark fantasies and even a kind of spiritual cyber sex. People enter this world of pornography, chat rooms and web cam pages where they interact with other frequenters and participants in the site … some unwittingly and without knowledge of their presence on the site. This participation leads to a release of the most bizarre behaviour where the lines between reality, dreams and fantasy become very blurred and distorted.Sex&Violets.com is certainly not for the faint hearted. Its crude and violent treatment of sexual desire and fantasy is guaranteed to divide audiences. The extreme sexual rituals enacted by the unconventional couple and their obsession with Internet sex, makes the play open for adventurous and exciting theatre. The play has had a number of presentations on three continents and each one has provoked strong reactions. There are undertones of La Belle Dame Sans Merci by John Keats that haunt the setting. 'La Belle Dame sans Merci hath thee in thrall!'