The Clacton actors will tackle consent with a play from the Princes Theater

A THINKING-PRODUCING play “designed to shake your moral compass” will address consent, homophobia and mental health when performed in theatre.

Consensual, directed by Melissa Wenn and Lola Garlick, will run at the Princes Theater in Station Road, Clacton for three nights from April 14.

Originally written by Evan Placey, the screenplay follows 10th grade teacher principal Diane, who believes newcomer Freddie took advantage of her seven years earlier.

However, he believes she groomed him as a teenager, leading the story down a path in which sex and consent are explored.

Venue – The Princes Theatre, Clacton

Lola Garlick, 19, co-director of the show, which is produced by the Princes Acting Centre, said the play tried to tackle topics that people can often avoid.

She added: “The topics that are talked about in the play are the ones that people try to skip over and ignore, but with this play there was nothing to ignore – so it wasn’t easy.

“Melissa Wenn and I had many discussions with the young actors, separating the script and what they thought was consent – ​​it allowed us all to be very open.

“It was an eye-opening experience and one that allowed me to be creative and make executive decisions for the benefit of the piece as a whole.”

Tickets for Consensual cost £10 and can be purchased by visiting

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