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Sex Workers' Opera
28th May 2014 to 29th May 2014 - 8pm

 

An unusual event at The Courtyard Theatre in ever-trendy Hoxton, The Sex Workers’ Opera is a multimedia production which will be co-created, designed and performed by sex workers and allies, in three consecutive full day workshops at the end of May.

 

"What do you think of when you hear "sex worker", "escort", "stripper", "porn star"? There have been many depictions of sex workers in art and the media, but most of these tend to be one sided, moralising tales.

 

Breaking through stigma and stereotypes, The Sex Workers Opera is a multimedia production written and performed by Sex Workers and Allies. It presents an honest, human portrayal of the joys and pains, laughter and tears of the many people on the sex work spectrum both locally and globally."

 

More here and here.

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Just had a brief moment of confusion when looking to book a ticket. They give the start of the performance as 08.00 instead of 20.00 i.e. 8pm. Someone is clearly not too familiar with the 24 hour clock. Unless it really is at 8 in the morning, in which case they're probably not expecting many sex workers to turn up  :D

 

I see the production is crowd funded - wouldn't do to waste taxpayers' money on subsidising an opera about us WGs, eh?

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To be clear (given my User Name, I guess I'm expected to reply), this is NOT an opera so the thread title is something of a misnomer. Rather, it's a performance art piece. With that said, though, it does look interesting, particularly to those of us who have an artistic bent that operates in tandem with a social conscience. I am tempted to attend, and if I go I will report back.

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Im disappointed - thought it was going to be a perf of Carmen with a real whore playing the lead role

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Im disappointed - thought it was going to be a perf of Carmen with a real whore playing the lead role

I thought Carmen was about Rolls Royces!

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Im disappointed - thought it was going to be a perf of Carmen with a real whore playing the lead role

Is that the one with the "March of the Torrid Whores"?

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I see the production is crowd funded - wouldn't do to waste taxpayers' money on subsidising an opera about us WGs, eh?

 

You should be careful to leap to conclusions. You can barely go a year without a Covent Garden Traviata and Violetta was essentially in your line of work (aaah, would that you could pay to spend an hour with Anna Netrebko, but that's another story.) And there's the equally famous and masterfully scored Lulu. Those are just the two best-known examples among many. Absolutely no question; the taxpayer foots a regular bill for Opera about WGs; you couldn't be more wrong!

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You should be careful to leap to conclusions. You can barely go a year without a Covent Garden Traviata and Violetta was essentially in your line of work (aaah, would that you could pay to spend an hour with Anna Netrebko, but that's another story.) And there's the equally famous and masterfully scored Lulu. Those are just the two best-known examples among many. Absolutely no question; the taxpayer foots a regular bill for Opera about WGs; you couldn't be more wrong!

Violetta dies of consumption in punishment of her life style, and doesn't Lulu get killed by a punter? Of course, dead WGs are good WGs, and worthy of taxpayer's money because they're simply part of a morality tale. Reminds me a bit of Thelma & Louise, who had to kill themselves at the end because that's what happens to stroppy women who want their freedom from husbands and drudgery. And it was still referred to as a feminist movie ...

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You should be careful to leap to conclusions. You can barely go a year without a Covent Garden Traviata and Violetta was essentially in your line of work (aaah, would that you could pay to spend an hour with Anna Netrebko, but that's another story.) And there's the equally famous and masterfully scored Lulu. Those are just the two best-known examples among many. Absolutely no question; the taxpayer foots a regular bill for Opera about WGs; you couldn't be more wrong!

BTW - I looked at the prices for covent garden recently

 

£480 for 3 in the 1st tier.

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BTW - I looked at the prices for covent garden recently

 

£480 for 3 in the 1st tier.

I have lost my slide rule;please can you convert that to the price per seat!!

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BTW - I looked at the prices for covent garden recently

 

£480 for 3 in the 1st tier.

 

Tristan? In December? Those are Wagner prices.

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Tristan? In December? Those are Wagner prices.

Is that a posh way of suggesting that only "wankers" would pay such prices?

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Is that a posh way of suggesting that only "wankers" would pay such prices?

 

If it is then you're calling me a "wanker"!!!  I cannot bloody wait for that Tristan. I would forego a great many punts for a circle ticket :-)

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No thanks Wagner.

I prefer Orchestras. And all sorts of instrumental arrangements.

Might be interested in some Russian ballets also. And of course, Russian ballerinas.

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