Rachel Mars

Our Carnal Hearts
Sep 13 - 16, 2018

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Thu, Sep 13, 8 pm
Fri, Sep 14, 8 pm
Sat, Sep 15, 3 pm
*Pre-show discussion at this performance 
Sat, Sep 15, 8 pm
Sun, Sep 16, 5 pm

Capacity: 140

Please note that Our Carnal Hearts uses haze. 



General admission
$26 advance
$30 week of
$70 covers the average, per-ticket cost of staging a production at On the Boards

Discounted tickets
Under 25: $12 advance or $15 week of 
Seniors 65+: $23 advance or $25 week of 
TeenTix member: $5 

Sliding Scale Tickets
Tickets can be purchased on a sliding scale ($10-$70) for the Sat, Sep 15, 3 pm show

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This fairy comes round your house.
You, she says, are in luck.
Ask for anything you want. Anything in the world and I’ll give it to you. But whatever you ask for, your neighbour gets the same thing, but double.
Great. You say. Fine.
Cut out one of my eyes. 

With a raucous chorus of original music, Rachel Mars and four belting female singers come at you with a hilarious dark show about the hidden workings of one of our uglier emotions. Our Carnal Hearts is a gleeful, thrilling and murky celebration of envy, competitive spirits, and all the times we f*ck each other over. A combination of performance, comedy, a singing lesson, and a conjuring ritual, the performance feels like five women have rocked up at your town and are inviting you to a beautiful, raucous theatrical ceremony.

Our Carnal Hearts is a celebration of envy, a performance that seeks to prove that envy makes us better. That politicians are right: that its spirit runs through our hearts, lymph systems and bowels and it’s glorious and we wouldn’t want it any other way. 


"Wickedly funny... soothing and sharp-edged at the same time." ★★★★
— The Stage


"not just honest... very funny, too, and streaked with regret" ★★★★
— Lyn Gardner, The Guardian


"A magnificent ode to our f*cked-up times"
— Matthieu Goeury, Vooruit (Belgium)


Winner of the Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation
and Playing with Form, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017

Watch the trailer

Rachel Mars - trailer for Our Carnal Hearts


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Wed, Sep 12, 6 pm: SEASON SHINDIG
On the eve of our 18/19 Season, help us launch the year in style. This one-of-a-kind celebration brings artists, art-lovers, and food-lovers together to support performance at On the Boards. We’ll be joined by our Artists-in-Residence, and guests will enjoy a performance by Rachel Mars plus cocktails, wine, and dinner prepared by Julian Hagood of Harry’s Fine Foods

Sat, Sep 15, 2 pm: Coffee & Conversation with Samie Spring Detzer & Guests (Studio Theater) 
Before the show, join Samie Spring Detzer and guests for a discussion about the themes and context of Our Carnal Hearts. Detzer is the artistic director of Washington Ensemble Theatre. FREE with ticket to the performance. (Also: Free coffee!)

Sun, Sep 16, 5 pm: Childcare available for this performance
Sweet Pea Cottage School of the Arts will be leading an arts workshop titled 'Paint Your Heart Out' just for kids ages 2-10.


About the Artist

Rachel Mars is a performance maker with a background in theatre, live art, and comedy. Mars explores the idiosyncratic cultural and political constructs that inform the way we are together, as people, just trying to figure it all out. She’s recently interrogated humor, the language of 80’s pop and politics, and the science of rage. 

Mars has created work alongside The Royal Court and the Tate Modern; been commissioned by Cambridge Junction, CPT, and Fuel Theatre; and been in residency at The Orchard Project (NY) and Cove Park (UK). Her performances have been shown around the UK including at The Barbican, South Bank Centre, and Royal Exchange Manchester and at festivals internationally including Fusebox (Austin) and Wildside (Montreal). Mars also leads workshops for students and artists of all backgrounds. Her work is often supported by grants from Arts Council England. 

Top photo by Christopher Shea



Our Carnal Hearts has been developed with the support of Arts Council England. Co-commissioned by Cambridge Junction and CPT with further support from American Repertory Theatre, Ovalhouse, Shoreditch Town Hall, and South East Dance in partnership with Jerwood Charitable Trust. Developed in partnership with The Orchard Project (NY), The Royal Court Theatre, and Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal.