Sexy Lamp has switch-on in digital première

Published: 16 April 2021
Reporter: Steve Orme

Katie Arnstein in Sexy Lamp Credit: Jason Drake

Katie Arnstein’s Sexy Lamp which “shines a light on sexism in the acting industry” is to have its digital première at Wolverhampton’s Arena Theatre and will also be available on demand.

Sexy Lamp is a semi-autobiographical piece told with original songs. It features Arnstein arriving in London in 2012 where she is greeted by “the brutal reality of an industry in which named, speaking and fully clothed roles for women are hard to come by”.

The production is inspired by Kelly-Sue DeConnick’s “sexy lamp” test which takes issue with scenes in which a female character can be replaced with a sexy lamp without affecting the plot.

Arnstein said, “I’m over the moon to bring Sexy Lamp to the Wolverhampton Arena Theatre. I’m an artist originally from the West Midlands and so I feel really lucky, after such a difficult year, to be able to return there and perform live to audiences all over the country.

Sexy Lamp is about my journey to becoming an actor and I hope people feel it provides a tonic to these extremely challenging times, with plenty of laughter and light.”

Director is Ellen Havard, creative producer is Beccy D’Souza and Lizzie Leech is the designer. Andrew Hollingworth is sound designer and stage manager.

Sexy Lamp will be streamed live from the Arena Theatre on Friday 23 April and will be available on demand from Saturday 1 until Wednesday 5 May. Tickets cost £10 and are available at the Ticket Solve web site.