Pretending Things Are A Cock

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6 October, Common Room
Fringe in the ‘Stings 2017

Jon Bennett’s got a problem. He pretends things are cocks. And by the end of an hour of his side-splitting show of story and slides you just might find yourself indulging in a spot of phallomorphism yourself. No, don’t bother looking it up, it’s not a word. But it could be. It just takes a little imagination.

Over four years and 300 photos, from the Amazon jungle to deepest Africa, from humble beginnings – two apples and a banana cock – all the way here, to Hastings, Jon has been on a journey to make things his cock by the magic of perspective photography. There’s a Hot Dog Cock, a Hippopotamus Tooth Cock, a Stick That Holds The Window Open at Night Cock, and a Thing That Presses the Button on the Camera Cock. Icons such as Big Ben, the Hollywood sign, the Berlin Wall have all been his cock, as have animals, people, buildings, machinery and many, many pieces of public art.

But ‘behind every cock is a story’ and, delightful as the dick pics are, the tales for which they are catalyst are the substance of the show. His dysfunctional family relationships feature heavily, in particular his phallophilic and sadistic older brother, and his stern, humourless father. He paints a picture of a sensitive child in a harsh, authoritarian world. Though there is plenty to laugh about in the telling, the stories are underpinned by rejection and repudiation. Redemption comes in the form of Tobias, a Swedish fellow traveller, who offers friendship and acceptance, looking past odd shoes and an involuntary bowel motion. Thus vindicated and validated, he sheds his single little girl’s pink flowery too-big thong (that’s a jandal, get your mind out of the gutter) and strides off into the sunset to an uproarious reception.

Jon is also responsible for A Young Man Dressed as a Gorilla Dressed as an Old Man Sits Rocking in a Rocking Chair for 56 Minutes and Then Leaves, but that’s another story…

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