Sexing the Cherry


‘fuses history, fairy-tale and meta-fiction into a fruit…of a memorably startling flavor’ – New York Times Book Review

A story about storytelling – a tapestry of tales, spun with magical threads. On the banks of the muddy Thames, in seventeenth century London, the huge and monstrous Dog Woman finds a baby boy, Jordan. Follow their journeys across space and time and the high seas, in search of dancing princesses and exotic fruit.

Using spoken word, music, aerial work, animation & puppetry, Metta Theatre bring to playful life this Jeanette Winterson classic.

Sexing The Cherry was first presented a part of the London Literature Festival at the Southbank Centre in July 2011, in association with the Southbank Centre and supported by Jacksons Lane, Curious Eye Theatre, Kings Hall Trust for the Arts & The Fidelio Charitable Trust. Supported by English Touring Theatre.




Director & Adaptor | Poppy Burton-Morgan
Composer | Jessica Dannheisser
Designer | William Reynolds
Aerial Choreographer | Layla Rosa
Costume Designer | Kate Lane
Movement Director | Clare Whistler
Illustrator | Jack Bedeman
Dramaturgy | Nimer Rashed
Producer | Leonora Wood
Stage Manager | Jules Richardson


Dog Woman | Janet Greaves
Fortunata | Loren O’Dair
Jordan | Samuel Collings
Tradescant | Tim FitzHigham
Cleaner/Wife/Whore | Gwendolen Chatfield
Johnson/Husband/Monk | John Hinton







Audience Feedback

‘A visually delightful production which retains all the magic of the Jeanette Winterson novel.’ Laura Wade, Playwright

‘Really loved it. I’ve read the book, but your show was much better.’

‘Amazing. Incredible. I loved it.’

‘I was enthralled.’

‘The music was beautiful and I found moments very moving and visually stunning.’

‘Beautiful…lingers in the mind.’

So magical…breathtaking…lovely, lovely, lovely.’