After being handed a job as counsellor and sex-ed teacher, Krissy purposely leads a classroom full of goggle-eyed-girls down a motorway of mistakes. Fuelled by her own flaws, at a religious all-girls boarding school, she shaves away any expectation of a perfect role model. With a desire for destruction, Krissy intentionally feeds bad advice to the hormone-riddled girls, from questionable kinks, to the swimming pool’s secret-sex-shack, while being forced to face the femininity that the world around her has trained her to hate. Told by a three women ensemble, this comedic story of sex, love and spagbol explores self-love, womanhood and growing up … as well as, vibrators, funerals, the twelve disciples, piss play and THAT mint shower gel.
Thistle & Rose is an emerging female-led theatre company dedicated to uncovering the dirty truths of womanhood. Bringing forward women’s voices with gasps and giggles. Creating theatre that is open, honest, provocative and unapologetic.
Co-founded in 2021 by Caitlin Lee Smith (the Scottish Thistle) and Katie Bignell (the English Rose), graduates of the BA Acting & Contemporary Theatre course at East 15. Their work includes ‘Post Sex Spagbol’, which won The Space Launchpad Award 2022 and Old Firm Friends, selected to be a part of the Seven Dials Playhouse mini season July 2022. Their work has been performed at various venues including The Bread & Roses Theatre, The Seven Dials Playhouse, A Pinch of VAULT & The Space.
Press & Reviews
"Frank and unashamed, Post Sex Spagbol explores the young adult female experience with humour and honesty. Expect to laugh, cringe, nod, gasp – and maybe even shed a tear or two as this journey of self-discovery unfolds." - Theatre Things
"Funnier than Fleabag! I predict this show will be a major hit on TV one day. See it now, in a small room, while you have the chance." - Christopher Brett Bailey
"Will tug at your heart as well as offering a connection to anyone watching who has been through the discovery of moving from girl to woman [...] You may feel uncomfortable at times, or even empowered. You’ll laugh. Krissy stands for all of us who may not always make the best decision, and in the performances of these three ladies Post Sex Spagbol is a potent piece of fringe theatre." - Louise Penn @ Lou Reviews
"Moving and relatable – a bit of a life saver in the midst of a breakup.” - Audience Member @ The Bread & Roses
‘Encapsulates young adult life as a woman perfectly – bold, fun and SPUNKY!!!!’ - Audience Member @ The Bread & Roses
Cast & Creative Team Director: Caitlin Lee Smith
Assistant Director: Elisabetha Gruener
Writer / Performer: Katie Bignell
Performer: Georgia Wilson
Performer: Signe Ebbesen