An Abbey Theatre and Royal Court Theatre co-production

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks (London)

1 - 12 February 2022

by Sarah Hanly

Booking Information

Dates: 30 September – 16 October 2021
On the Peacock Stage

1 – 12 February 2022
Royal Court Theatre, London

Running time: 70 minutes

For ages 16+

Part of the Dublin Theatre Festival

“I’m just very very horny. I don’t know how else to put it.”

Saoirse Murphy moves from one chaotic world to another. From her religious home in Dublin, to a new and exciting life in London. 

She’s had a taste of freedom and she’s making the most of it; but underneath it all, she’s struggling to manage a big secret, and there’s only one person she can talk to about it. 

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks is Irish playwright Sarah Hanly’s debut play. Sarah is a writer, actress and founder of the production company Dóchas Pictures. Sarah was awarded the 2019 Pinter Commission. Her monologue, SHOWER, was performed by Denise Gough as part of the Dear Ireland series.

Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks is co-produced with the Royal Court Theatre in London. Sarah was part of a Royal Court Theatre Long Form Writers’ Group where playwrights are given space and support to develop their work over a sustained period of time.


In line with new government guidelines announced on 31 August, capacity for Purple Snowflakes and Titty Wanks will increase to a maximum of 60%.

All audience members over 18 years of age will be required to display Covid Certification for entry. Proof of ID may also be requested.

For audience comfort and safety, all performances will have a minimum of 1 metre social distancing in our auditorium and masks will be required.

Our latest safety protocols are available on our website.

Out of the Abbey 

Digital programme 

Read our digital programme for more info on this production.


‘Hanly’s is an accomplished, powerful solo performance, raw and authentic but controlled’
The Irish Times

‘a searingly frank account of female sexuality’
The Sunday Times

‘a bold and accomplished debut’
The Financial Times

‘scandalously smart and entertaining’
The Arts Review

‘a bold mix of the sacred and profane’
The Guardian

‘an imaginative, intensely aware playwright’
Sunday Independent

‘brutally honest… bruisingly funny’
The Business Post

Show trailer 

Production Images 

Images © Luca Truffarelli

Rehearsal Images 

Images: Ali Wright


  • Written and Performed by: Sarah Hanly
  • Directed by: Alice Fitzgerald
  • Designer: Jacob Lucy
  • Lighting Designer: Elliot Griggs
  • Sound Designer: Alexandra Faye Braithwaite
  • Associate Designer: Anna Kelsey
  • Movement Director: Rachael Nanyonjo
  • Drama Therapist: Nikki Disney
  • Stage Manager: Sophia Dalton
  • Set Construction: Quiver
  • Propmaking: Dylan Farrell
  • Intimacy Consultant: Yarit Dor

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