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She’s Very Gorgeous to Me

March 05, 2024

A Homegrown Season production by Jubril Agboola, BA Drama (2023) alumni

A young black ma sits on a red sofa with a sex doll dressed in a blue dress.

She’s Very Gorgeous to Me is a heart-warming romantic comedy and quirky tale that follows the peculiar life of lover boy Stu Benjamin, a 27 year old eccentric and socially awkward lover boy.

Stu’s emotional baggage stems from his emotionally distant mother and the loss of his father at a young age. The play unfolds in Stu’s intimate studio apartment, a sanctuary where he feels most comfortable and vulnerable.

Desperately seeking love, Stu’s journey takes an unexpected turn when he encounters Maude, a captivating and seemingly perfect woman working in an adult store. Drawn to her intelligence, humour, and compassion, Stu falls head over heels in love. However, there’s a surreal twist that Stu remains blissfully unaware of—Maude is a Sex Doll.

Inspired by elements of ancient Greek mythology (Pygmalion) and films like Martin Scorsese’s King of Comedy, Craig Gillespie’s Lars and the Real Girl, and Marc Webb’s 500 Days of Summer, the play explores the fine line between fantasy and reality, love and delusion.

As Stu’s romantic illusions collide with the harsh truth, the play weaves a tragicomic narrative that raises profound questions about love, expectation, and the cost of holding onto a romantic ideal. Stu’s relentless pursuit of love, driven by his yearning for connection, ultimately becomes his undoing, making She’s Very Gorgeous to Me a compelling exploration of the human condition and the sometimes devastating consequences of unbridled romanticism.

Filled with humour, warmth, and unexpected twists, the film explores the transformative power of love, the importance of acceptance, and the extraordinary ways people find connection in the most unexpected places. It’s a unique and touching journey that will leave audiences with a blend of laughter and a renewed appreciation for the complexities of human relationships.


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Tue, March 5
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm


Lakeside Theatre
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ GB
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