Lucy Speed, the former EastEnders actress, will bring one-woman show Amateur Girl to London’s St James Theatre this February.
The tale of a woman entering the world of DIY porn, the production plays in the Victoria venue’s studio theatre from 17 to 21 February.
Written by Amanda Whittington, whose The Thrill Of Love played at the St James Theatre in 2013, Amateur Girl is a hard-hitting and humorous play exploring the reality behind the fantasy business and the lengths some people have to go to make ends meet.
Based on true stories, Amateur Girl follows auxiliary nurse Julie who works hard for a minimum wage. When her boyfriend buys a camcorder they start to explore DIY pornography. She’s the one making the decisions… or is she?
Whittington’s play started life as a 15 minute piece written for Woman’s Hour. Hull Truck Theatre commissioned a full length play in 2009. This production, produced by Nottingham Playhouse and Fifth Word, premieres in Nottingham early next month before embarking on a UK tour.
Actress Speed, best known for playing Natalie Evans in EastEnders and DS Stevie Moss in The Bill, previously worked with playwright Whittington on the Soho Theatre production of Be My Baby. Her other stage credits include Twelfth Night and Soap at the Theatre Royal, Northampton and Girls Night on tour.
The St James Studio is currently hosting another one-person show, hit thriller Bloodshot. The tale of a photographer who becomes embroiled in a mystery set amid the seedy Soho nightlife of 1950s London plays until 25 January.