Manchester Get’s Holy and Horny

[row][half]Holy and Horny[/half][half]Actress, playwright and author Tonya Joy Bolton, is bringing her ground breaking one woman play ‘Holy and Horny’ to The Stun@ Z-Arts in Manchester on 10th October as part of her UK wide 11 date tour. The play, which explores the relationship between spirituality and sexuality will visit other major cities and towns including Derby, Nottingham, Wolverhampton and London.

Written and performed by Tonya Joy Bolton herself, Holy and Horny features the dilemmas and struggles of 20 characters, including those of Shelia, the frustrated Christian and her alter ego Eve, a sexually uninhibited poet. Tonya uses comedy, mime, physical theatre, song and poetry as well as drama, portray Shelia’s journey as she embarks on a series of disastrous dates which lead to unexpected, even life-changing consequences.

When the show last toured the UK in 2012 all performances were fully sold-out and won rave reviews.  Tonya shared, “Holy and Horny provides a realistic insight into the sexual struggles faced by Christian women, wanting to remain true to the tenets of their faith experience. And what’s really great is that all of the women who’ve seen the production state they can really relate to the issues the play raises.”

Holy and Horny not only adds to the discussion of singleness and celibacy; but it also addresses taboo issues such as domestic violence, sexual health and sexual abuse – subjects rarely discussed within churches; and as a result many Christian women often suffer in silence.

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Holy and Horny was written by Tonya to address her shocking discovery that an alarming number of women of faith do not report sexual or domestic abuse or access sexual health services. Although most sexual & domestic abuse incidents in these communities go unreported, it is far more widespread than openly acknowledged. In response to her performance, many women have been motivated to go and report their own experiences of rape and sexual trauma to the police.

Tonya added, “The themes explored in Holy and Horny are very current.  With the rising use of the internet as a tool to communicate as well as hook-up with the opposite sex and the increased use of text messages for sexting, the opportunities for women to be sexually exploited, whatever their faith, have now increased.  It’s my hope that the people who come to see the play will not only learn about the struggles between sexuality and spirituality, but also learn how to prevent themselves from being victims of sexual exploitation and manipulation.”

Aside from working in the creative arts, Tonya is also an Empowerment Expert and Motivational speaker. Tonya has been a victim of both domestic and sexual violence, and uses the creative arts to spread a positive message of empowerment.

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