Sex and spirituality explored in funny and powerful show

Tonya Joy Bolton in Holy & Horny
Tonya Joy Bolton in Holy & Horny

An acclaimed one-woman show celebrating spirituality and sensuality comes to Bedford next week.

Described as “hilarious, powerful and deeply moving,” Holy & Horny will be performed at the The Place theatre on Saturday October 31 at 7.30pm.

It is written and performed by Tonya Joy Bolton and blends different artforms including comedy, poetry, drama,and song.

Tonya plays 20 characters, gliding from one to another. She’s in turn disarmingly naïve Sheila, a good Christian striving for holiness; her alter-ego, sensual exhibitionist Eve; an old and dishevelled motherly woman; Sheila’s comic cousin Marcia; her good-for-nothing boyfriend Gary; the church’s gossipy community; and fiery preacher Prophet Webster.

After a few adventures – some of them harrowing – Sheila finds herself isolated from her community, and in despair. But she summons up the strength to turn her life around.

The Voice newspaper has called it “A ground-breaking play not only breaking box office records, but helping to change lives, ” while the Manchester Evening News has described it as “extraordinary and compelling”.

The 80-minute show has no interval. It is recommended for audiences aged 15 and over. Tickets cost £14 or £12. Visit to book or for more information.

The Place also hosts a night of comedy and reggae on Sunday October 25. Comedian Rudi Lickwood is known for his infectious charm and razor-sharp material, and is currently working on the series ‘Lickwood’ with BAFTA award- winning writer Sharon Foster.

Playing on the same night is Adele Harley. The singer, songwriter and musician studied music from an early age, plays various instruments. Over the years she has been working hard recording CDs and performing live.

Tickets cost £10 or £9 for concessions. Visit to book or for more information. All three performers are attending The Place as part of Black History Month.