Daddy Issues, created by the Passing Stranger Theatre Company is a newly written dark comedy about daddy issues, sex work, bedroom fantasies, bad feminism and immigration.
The main character, Natalia, is a Polish immigrant, an unsuccessful painter who works on a sex line. She mainly gets calls from older men who want to get a “young girlfriend experience” and for a moment live out their fantasies of what is no longer easily available to them when they’re stuck in tedious jobs, unfulfilling marriages and daily routines.
Nat shares insights of her work and the requests she gets, slowly revealing details of her own affairs with men, her emotional baggage left by various complicated relationships and troubles of navigating one’s life where dreams are overshadowed by issues carried from childhood into adulthood.
Written and performed by Anna Krauze. Directed by Coral Tarran. Our project is supported using public funding by the Arts Council England: we have been awarded the Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant 2021.
What the Literary Department of the Theatre503 has said about our play:
‘Daddy Issues is a strong short play that explores sexuality, sex work, female pleasure, and daddy issues in intersecting and interesting ways (…) [It] manages to present and explore a unique perspective on both men’s and women’s deep sexual desires. The play is driven entirely by Nat, (…) a phenomenal storyteller. She is an instantly engaging character with strong opinions, very funny and very smart. (…) Through both its form and its discussions, the play does a great job weaving the absurdity, the pleasure, and the disgust of sex together, allowing the audience to understand that sex can be many things at once.
Distinct theatrical voice from the offset – cheeky, sarcastic with a hint of optimism. (…) Definitely has the potential to be a show talked about for years to come.’