“One of the most important pieces of theatre you’ll see this year”
– The Independent
Breaking through stigma and stereotypes, the Sex Worker's Opera is a multimedia production written and performed by Sex Workers and their friends.
With music spanning Opera to ‘Hip-Hopera’, incorporating sound art, projections and poetry, it offers an unflinchingly honest, upliftingly human insight into the lives of Sex Workers around the world.
“You say that sex is all you see, well then I think you see me in 2D
because the actual reality is a mosaic blur – a tapestry.”
– Anon. Sex Worker
The most recent production at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, in May 2016 saw standing ovations every night, glowing press coverage and social media on fire. The show ran for 2 hours with a cast, crew and mini-orchestra of 24.
Created through a series of workshops run by XX (Experimental Experience theatre company), featuring over 60 stories sent in from around the world, and a cast and crew of at least 50% Sex Workers, this is a rare opportunity to hear stories from a hidden and misrepresented world from the workers themselves.
“Slaps tropes round the face with a PVC glove”
It is an ongoing project, with stories still coming in as text, video or audio interviews from individuals and grassroots groups from places such as India, Argentina, Ukraine, Taiwan. The show has already been invited to showcase in Amsterdam and there are plans to take the process to New York, Thailand, Australia and beyond to develop local shows there.
“Will no doubt leave you laughing and crying in equal measure”