The Coolidge Effect

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

 In 2017, 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 of 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.

This production is supported by the New Diorama Emerging Companies Fund.


Wonder Fools are a theatre company that create contemporary new work based on a diverse range of current and historical real life stories. During our short history, we have sought unknown and forgotten stories lost in the evolving social landscape of modern Britain that we are able to reshape and make theatre from. From these stories we have taken theatre productions, performance installations and drama workshops to over 2000 people across Scotland and beyond.


“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 Magazine

“Fiercely curious Glasgow-based Wonder Fools company” The Herald


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


“Immersive, educational and political […] Wonder Fools have created an impactful and visceral piece of work” The Fountain


“Incredibly powerful and innovative” Young Perspective

Special Commendation as part of 'The Suitcase Prize' at the New Wolsey Theatre, Ipswich at PULSE festival 2017.