Following a sold-out 2014 national tour and back by popular demand, actress, writer, poet and entrepreneur Tonya Joy Bolton is taking her one-woman theatre show The Holy & Horny Farewell Tour, throughout the UK for one final time.
Described as ‘hilarious, powerful and deeply moving,’ Holy & Horny is an inspirational and superbly acted one-woman show celebrating spirituality and sensuality.
Written and performed by the very talented Tonya, the play successfully blends different art forms such as comedy, poetry, drama, and song.
Gifted with exuberant energy, Bolton plays 20 characters gliding effortlessly from one to another. She’s in turn disarmingly naïve Sheila, a good Christian striving for holiness; her alter-ego, sensual exhibitionist Eve; an old motherly woman who looks like a tramp; Sheila’s hilarious cousin Marcia; her good-for-nothing boyfriend Gary; the Church’s gossipy community; and fiery Preacher Prophet (Profit) Webster.
As well as making you laugh, Holy & Horny may well make you weep too as Tonya brings to the stage an innovative,head-on, no-holds-barred approach to thought provoking concepts of race, gender, culture and sexuality.
After a few adventures – some of them harrowing – Sheila finds herself isolated from her community, and in despair.
Despite this (or perhaps because of it) she summons up the strength to give a full new turn to her life.
In order to bury her past deep, Sheila decides to forgive those who have hurt her: ‘revenge is killing me faster than cancer, forgiveness is the only answer’, and with towering strength she bravely seizes the helm of her life,
This memorable evening at the theatre pulls at the heartstrings, totally engages the brain and will leave you stimulated.
Said Tonya: “As a result of watching the play, numerous women in the audiences reported their own rapes to police, received counselling, accessed support services and began to recover from the trauma of sexual and domestic abuse.”
Tonya has written several plays which she performs in schools and across the country such as ‘Hidden’ denouncing young girls’ sexual exploitation and ‘Man Up!’ aimed at teenage boys who are vulnerable, or simply at pains to carve an identity for themselves in a complex, often confusing world.
She has been nominated for a wealth of awards for her work and has been involved in numerous social activities.
Tickets for this extraordinary play are already on sale. It will be in Sheffield at the Drama Studio on October 2 and at the Library Theatre on November 7.
The age group is 15+ as the play contains strong language. You can see a trailer at https://youtu.be/jYvX2X3FazM.