New Canadian comedy makes its debut at Globus

By Lindsay Advocate

Ellen Denny as Leah.

Globus Theatre is thrilled to be bringing another new play reading to audiences this fall.

Pleasureville, their postponed reading from May 20 has been rescheduled, and will being making its Ontario debut after delighting east coast audiences in both Halifax and Charlottetown.

“The play reading series enables us at this time to be able to bring exciting works to our audiences, without the financial risk of putting on a full-scale production,” explains Artistic Director of Globus, Sarah Quick. “Audiences really enjoyed the vibe of these evenings, where they get to have a nice meal, sit at their table, and listen to a play being read by brilliant performers – while they enjoy a beverage or two.” 

Millennial Leah Bowman may have more experience with emojis than running a business, but she’s got a Masters in Human Sexuality, and a mission to destroy the stigma on female pleasure! So, what’s a city gal to do when she gets dumped, reno-victed, and has zero job prospects? Move to a small town and open a sex shop! Written by Ellen Denny and featuring a female and non-binary cast, this comedy is a new take on humanity and – you guessed it – pleasure!  


Ellen Denny (she/her) 

Dora nominated actor and playwright known for playing Alice in Britta Johnson’s ‘Life After’ (Musical Stage / Canadian Stage) and ‘february: a love story’ – a rom com about dating six feet apart – which ran live at Globus Theatre.

Steph Hood (they/them) 

A non-binary artist and informal educator, Steph has performed in the Toronto Fringe as well as in Utopia Falls (Hulu/CBC Gem), Frankie Drake Mysteries (CBC), and Across the Line (DHX Media).

Robin Craig (she/her)

A Gemini Award winning actress (Wind At My Back), Robin was one of the first company members at Tarragon Theatre, has done 6 seasons at the Shaw Festival and played “Mrs. Lynde” in Anne and Gilbert with Marquise Productions in Charlottetown, P.E.I. for 6 years. She is an ACTRA Award winner and a three-time Dora Mavor Moore nominee.

When asked about her inspiration, Ellen said “I really wanted to write a comedy, and for a long time I had had this idea about what it would be like for someone to open a sex shop in a place that has very little anonymity, like a small town. I thought that scenario was ripe for a lot of fun. This play was also very much inspired by the global Women’s March movement, and the questions it raised around how feminism can be more intersectional and inclusive.” Inviting us all to discover our blindspots – this warm comedy is bursting with heart as its characters learn to claim their power and their pleasure.  

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