Mating in Captivity


A comedy by Oliver Page
Published August 2018

First presented by Last Tapes Theatre Company at The Basement Theatre, Auckland, New Zealand on August 16, 2016.

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Balling. Boffing. Getting laid and making love. Its all sex. And there’s so much to say about sex.

“The year’s wildest, wittiest whirlwind of a love battle… Outrageously racy… Sparkling… Gay!” (His Girl Friday, 1940)
Well, a bit gay. It’s complicated.

Uproarious jealousy and sexy quick wit play into claustrophobic bedroom politics in this viciously sharp queer comedy of errors filled with delight and desire. Rob and Annie are playing house when the past comes knocking, switching things up in their bedroom.

It’s whip smart, it’s funny, it’s about sexual subtext and you can’t spell subtext without butt-sex.

The Basement Theatre, Auckland, 16th – 27th August 2016

“I loved that f*cking show from beginning to end.” – Tom Sainsbury

“A truly modern day romp … Mating in Captivity is a lively and fun commentary on what it means to be in love in today’s social landscape” – Theatre Scenes

“… warning or promise? – it contains swearing, nudity and descriptions of sexual activity.” – NZ Herald

Kings Head Theatre, London, 30th July – 4th August 2019

“Enormously funny. An exception & joyous production.” – Boyz

“Exceedingly entertaining and unabashedly earnest.” – The Spy in the Stalls

“A riotous romp. The laughs come thick and fast.” – Dress Circle Reviews

“An excellent and outrageous comedy with an outstanding cast.” – Theatre Box

“Occasionally crude & consistently witty, Mating in Captivity is a fresh production that kept the audience rapt.” – British Theatre Guide

Oliver Page is a writer & film-maker based in Auckland, New Zealand.