Note: This review is from the 2019 Fringe

In 2014, female ejaculation was banned in UK pornography. Why is ‘squirting’ still such a taboo? In Ejaculation – Discussions About Female Sexuality, Essi Rossi and Sarah Kivi explore topics such as sexuality, gender and pleasure in an enlightening hour of theatre. This is no dramatic play. Instead, as the title suggests, it is a discussion (or rather, a series of connected discussions) about these topics and more. Rossi begins the performance by asking audience members questions such as “Is it easy for you to have an orgasm?” and “Does female ejaculation exist?” This is a safe space, however, so no one is compelled to answer if they don’t want to.

Rossi recounts her own experiences, as she became a mother, explored her body and questioned her gender identity. Kivi provides an extra layer to this multi-faceted performance through her beautiful singing. Extensive use is also made of audio recordings of interviews with women from around the world. To the show’s credit, it moves beyond a purely Eurocentric outlook, encompassing South America and Asia. We even hear from a sex worker about her discovery in later life of the joys of kinky sex.

You will probably learn a lot in Ejaculation – Discussions About Female Sexuality, especially if, like me, you’re not a woman, but the show’s purpose is not to provide answers, but rather to make audience members reflect about their own bodies. It’s empowering, important and joyous.

Not everything about the show fits together perfectly: it still feels like a work in progress, and could perhaps benefit from the use of a projector screen, instead of just relying on audio clips. However, for anyone who is curious about this topic, or who just wants to correct their ignorance, it is essential viewing. As suggested in the post-show discussion, similar talks ought to be held in schools, so that young people – when they are ready – can feel comfortable with their bodies.