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Aug 21

Dear Sex Workers

by Grace

Dear Sex Workers,

Our creative process is shifting and changing our idea of the final piece minute to minute. We wrote this a couple of weeks ago, we wanted to explain where we were coming from. Since then, we have had lots of interesting conversations, both online and in real life. Will you hear us out?

It’s hard to write this post, we are trying to be careful about the language we are using.

Our initial impetus was to adapt a book into a theatre show that would focus only on the experiences of women who have exited prostitution. That has shifted into something else. It’s shifted again now since our last post.

Here is what we want to do:

We want to create a space for audiences to explore the act of buying sex.

THEATREclub are not taking a stance on this issue, as individuals we all have different views.

We want to give voice to the perspectives of everyone involved in the act of buying sex.

We are requesting input from sex workers for The Game.

We are extending an invitation to you to come and talk to us.

We want your voice to be included, alongside the exited women we have already been working with.

We want to hold it all in the same space. We didn’t know if it was possible to do that before. Now as the process has evolved we think we can. We hope you will agree that it is possible to hold both voices in the same space.

If you would be willing to talk to us, please get in touch on info@theatreclub.ie

Gemma, Grace & Lauren

 

“We want to hold it all in the same space. We didn’t know if it was possible to do that before. Get in touch on info@theatreclub.ie”

 

Some questions & answers;

Does this play advocate the Nordic Model ?

No. The play will explore different legislative models adapted and implemented around the world. Including decriminalisation and legalisation.

Are you trying to exclude sex workers?

No, not at all. Originally, as we have explained above, we had planned on adapting the book into a theatre piece. That plan constructed a path whereby we were exploring the voice of women who had exited prostitution. That plan has changed, as our plans often do. We are now actively seeking the voice of current sex workers, in order to ensure that all perspectives are present and heard within the show.

Why haven’t you consulted with sex workers?

Initially the piece we were making was looking at the perspective of exited women. We didn’t see how it would be possible to include both. We looked into doing that. We are grateful to Kate McGrew who gave us the time to explore that. It felt like the two sides were so polarised that it wouldn’t be possible. We were overwhelmed by information. We felt we had to make a call. We decided to look just at exited women’s stories. Now we believe that it is possible to hold all perspectives in the one piece of art and that is what we want to do.

Aren’t their opinions the most vital as they live this day to day?

We don’t place a hierarchy on whose opinions are most important between active sex workers and women who have exited.

Why are men involved?

Practically speaking, the men we are recruiting will play the role of the men in the stories in the play. We are exploring the act of buying sex between men and women. We would like men to help us stage these stories.

Is it okay to make a piece that only includes the voices of exited women?

We think so, but that is no longer what we want to do. We have discovered that the piece we are interested in making is a facility for people to make up their own minds about this. In order to do that we are seeking input from sex workers.

But what people think about this doesn’t matter. The only opinions that are valid are of those currently in the industry.

We don’t agree. If we are to live as a society, all of our actions impact each other.

So, is the piece pro-prostitution or abolitionist?

Its neither and it’s both. It’s our hope to present the perspectives of women who have experienced this / are living this and guide an audience to reach their own conclusions.