Tonya Bolton says farewell with Holy & Horny UK tour

Tonya Bolton. Image Pamela Raith.
Tonya Bolton – Holy & Horny. Image Pamela Raith.

Actress, writer & poet Tonya Joy Bolton is returning to the stage to take her one-woman show, Holy & Horny on a final tour throughout the UK and America.

Holy & Horny is an 80-minute performance, written and acted by Bolton, which sees her take on more than 20 characters.

The play, a combination of comedy, poetry, drama, and song, sees the performer effortlessly move from one to another. She’s, in turn, the disarmingly naive Sheila, a good Christian striving for holiness; her alter-ego, sensual exhibitionist Eve; an old motherly woman who looks like a tramp and turns out to be Wisdom; Sheila’s hilarious cousin Marcia; her good-for-nothing boyfriend Gary; the Church’s gossipy community (yes, all of them); and fiery Preacher Prophet (Profit) Webster (‘for a mere 400 Dollars I’ll pray for your soul’)…

The story’s background is a bigoted, fanatically puritanical Black Church, humorously called ‘Cavalry Way’. Eve and her cousin Marcia rebel in response to its steely morals.

But Sheila’s journey takes her to the depths of despair before finding the strength to move on with her life.

Despite the many hilarious moments, Holy & Horny is also tragic as it denounces the murky depths lying beneath the loving religious community. It also shows a harrowingly realistic rape scene where Tonya is both the attacker and the victim.

Holy & Horny is semi-biographical; in Tonya Bolton’s own words her life ‘reads like a movie packed with all sorts of adventures, trials and triumphs.’

Now 37, Tonya was homeless aged 14, but managed to complete her BA without living at a fixed home.

Revised 2015 Tour Dates

October 2, Drama Studio, Sheffield
October 3, Nottingham Arts Theatre
October 8, Ashcroft Theatre, Croydon
October 9, UK Centre for Carnival Arts, Luton
October 10, The Drum, Birmingham
October 15/16, Dugdale Centre, Enfield
October 24, Guildhall Theatre, Derby
October 29, Y Theatre, Leicester
October 30, New Theatre Royal, Portsmouth
October 31, The Place, Bedford
November 6, Z-Arts, Manchester
November 7, Library Theatre, Sheffield
November 14, Newhampton Arts, Wolverhampton.

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