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Musclebound Comes to Bristol On UK Tour

Hilarious and provocative show from Rosy Carrick asks what are the sexual lessons we want to pass on to our daughters – and what we still need to learn for ourselves?

When you think of 80s bodybuilders, it conjures an oily and lycra clad vision of hulks such as Schwarzenegger, Jean-Claud Van Damme and Sylvester Stallone.

Add into the mix ‘I have the power’ He-Man and Conan the Barbarian wearing not very much whilst being beaten and humiliated by the male antagonist, you have the context behind Musclebound.

‘When I was writing Musclebound, I basically set out to write the show I wished I could have seen when I was a teenager and first exploring my sexuality,’ Carrick says.

‘Musclebound is a (sometimes) startling, (often) laugh out loud funny and (always) erudite examination of age, relationships and female sexuality.’

The unification of bodybuilders with 80s action movies always came with a ‘good hard flogging’. For Rosy, this sparked an obsession which she says changed her erotic life forever.

Now aged 40, with the Prince of Eternia behind her and a grown up daughter, Rosy is looking for the key to her salvation after a string of unfulfilling relationships. She asks ‘Can tortured beefcake really be the key to her salvation?’

Musclebound is described as an ‘intelligent, frank yet very funny story of female empowerment’. As part of a UK tour, it be coming to Weston Super Mare, Clevedon and Bristol.

Musclebound will be at Front Room Weston Super Mare on 01 March, The Wardrobe Theatre in Bristol on 19 March and Theatre Shop in Clevedon on 23 March 2024.

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