The Coolidge Effect

“You watch porn. Right? You don’t have to tell us. That’s not what this is about.”

In 2018, pornography is all around us and the amount we watch it is growing at an exponential rate: in the UK alone, 10 million porn videos are watched every day.
As society’s access to pornography increases, so does our unwillingness to talk about it. The Coolidge Effect seeks to break this taboo.
Devised from interviews with porn advocates, addicts, mental health experts and scientists, these unique stories and viewpoints are told through four intertwining narratives: George, a Gameboy-wielding teenage boy; Gary, a father lost in the depths of his own addiction; pioneering porn producer Gail; and Retrospect, an ex-porn addict who wants you to understand. The Coolidge Effect uses an interactive blend of storytelling, poetry and science to examine how pornography affects our mental health, relationships and sexual experiences.

Part of INCOMING Festival, a co-production between A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre in association with HOME.


Wonder Fools are a critically-acclaimed emerging theatre company. We seek unknown and forgotten stories lost in the evolving social landscape of Britain, that we are able to reshape and make theatre from.


“Wonder Fools are talented theatre-makers and it’s exciting to see an emerging theatre company making such a varied piece and doing so with a noticeable confidence.” Exeunt

“Brave… forceful mix of factual information, fictional storytelling, movement and reflection” The Scotsman     

★★★★ “Resembles Black Watch reimagined for a small town function room” The Herald on 549: Scots of the Spanish Civil War

★★★★★ “Passionate, emotive and highly committed… powerful.” The Reviews Hub on Lampedusa

Special Commendation – The Suitcase Prize – PULSE Festival 2017, New Wolsey Theatre

Twitter: @wonder_fools



INCOMING is a festival celebrating the best emerging theatre companies from across the UK, co-curated by A Younger Theatre and New Diorama Theatre. Across 10 days INCOMING showcases 20 companies as well as a series of workshops and discussions. And this year we are delighted to be partnering with HOME in Manchester, to present the festival across the two cities. / @IncomingFest / #IncomingFestival

INCOMING Festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and New Diorama Theatre's Emerging Companies Fund.