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“She takes her top off.
Her breasts –
Her beautiful breasts in front of me,
One slightly bigger than the other,
I burst out crying.”
Loosely based on real events, Bad Sex follows a young man trying to piece his life together in between fielding calls from his agent and leaving a string of one-night stands in his wake. With no family in sight to keep him grounded, he navigates the promising acting career he may have ruined, the coke habit he can’t afford, and the chaotic sex life he no longer enjoys.
In Bad Sex Liam, a young American actor, is deep into a long West End run when, exacerbated by drugs, sex and alcohol, past trauma and unchecked male privilege catch up with him and he walks off-stage mid-show.
This is a play about grief, the mental health consequences of not talking about it, especially in a high-pressure working environment, and being raised in a culture where seeking help is actively discouraged.
Theo Hristov is a Bulgarian-born London-based actor, writer and filmmaker. An earlier version of his one-person play 'Bad Sex' premiered at Riverside Studios in 2022. Other theatre includes 'Broken English' (Theatre Peckham), 'There Is a War' and 'Beast' (Southwark Playhouse) and 'Heat' (Royal Court). TV includes 'Murder Maps'. Film includes 'Cold Feet' (2022) and 'An Actor Prepares' (2020). His audio play 'Object', starring Alex Lawther (The End of the F***ing World), premiered as part of the Painkiller Project in 2020.
He's currently... writing this intro.
Press & Reviews The Upcoming, 3/5, "Hristov excels in his depiction, with bursts of hyperactive energy and effective use of voice [and] demonstrates impressive physicality"
West End Evenings, 4/5m “Bad Sex” is like a shot of flavoured vodka. It will mess you up a little, and leave a bitter aftertaste, but its hidden umami flavour will get you asking for more."
Cast & Creative Team Writer/Performer: THEO HRISTOV
Director: NETA GRACEWELL