A Paper Mug Theatre Production

Maybe they’ve been arguing for hours. Maybe they’ve been arguing for years. Maybe they’ll be together forever.

DATE: Thursday 7th October 2021

TIME: 7.30pm

PRICE: £14/12

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Ollie and Laura are coming home after a meal with Laura’s parents, and they’ve been arguing for quite a while. Maybe they’ve been arguing for hours. Maybe they’ve been arguing for years. Maybe they’ll be together forever.


Sebastian Gardner’s painfully funny award-winning debut play ‘I Lost My Virginity to Chopin’s Nocturne in B-Flat Minor’ explores identity, devotion and dependency between two people that hate to love each other.


Gardner’s debut play ‘I Lost my Virginity to Chopin’s Nocturne in B-Flat Minor’ received The King’s Head Stella Wilkie Award and China Plate’s East 15 Debut Award. The show was developed with performances at The King’s Head Theatre and The New Wolsey Theatre ahead of a month-long run with The Pleasance Theatre at Edinburgh Fringe in 2019. The show will debut at The Vaults Theatre ahead of a regional tour in autumn 2021, transferring to The Oxford Playhouse, The Edge Theatre Manchester and The Phoenix Arts Centre Hampshire.



Ollie – Sebastian Gardner

Laura – Anouche-Alana Chokarian



Director – Ami Okumura Jones

Writer – Sebastian Gardner

Producer – Sam Edmunds

Stage Manager – Louise Oliver

Designer – Blythe Brett


Images credit: Annika Derksen


‘ a delightful slice of relationship hell’

– Christopher Brett Bailey


‘A terrific two-hander. I’d prescribe this show for a bit of short sharp relationship counseling.’

– THE SCOTSMAN, * * * *



‘Sebastian Gardner is a truly gifted writer, and one you will want to keep an eye on if your interest is cutting edge theatre.  His dialogue bounces back and forth with unabashed vigour and viewed as a whole, I Lost My Virginity To Chopin’s Nocturne in B-Flat Minor is its own symphony of modern theatre, pulling together all of the elements required for a fascinating and intuitive character study. A searing insight into modern-day relationships.


‘The heated and often distressing confrontation in Act I tells us more about our characters than any other dramatic device could ever hope to achieve.


– Theatre Weekly, * * * *



‘There is no point in this show during which you might be tempted to wonder off in thoughts to your own life – you are riveted to the situation unfolding in front of your eyes.’

-SCOTSGAY, * * * *




‘An honest, bitter, and endearing portrayal of modern relationships that throws away any pretence of romanticism to create an original work. A must-see during this year’s fringe.’

– Ed Fringe Review, * * * *


RUNNING TIME: 80 minutes



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