Originally devised in 2014, the award-winning Sex Worker’s Opera will be embarking on its first UK tour, following successful runs at venues across the UK, Ireland and Greece. The tour launches from Cambridge’s Mumford Theatre on 4 November 2017, with a press night on 25 November 2017 at London’s Ovalhouse Theatre.
Formed of 50% sex workers, the show allows those involved in the business to tell their stories on their own terms, through opera with hip-hop while incorporating sound art, projections and poetry.
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.
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.
Co-Director, Siobhan Knox said: “Everyone has an opinion about sex work, even if it’s a joke or something they’ve heard on TV. Art and the media portray sex work in a very one dimensional way, it is either extremely glamorous or extremely tragic, and one of the messages of the show is that sex work is human, it is not good or bad it’s just complex.”
The production is co-directed by Siobhan Knox, Clare Quinn and Alex Etchart. The tour dates for the production are as follows:
- 4th and 6th November Mumford Theatre
- 9th – 11th November Theatre Delicatessen
- 16th – 18th November Tropicana
- 22nd November – 2 December Ovalhouse