WHORE team was invited to Toi Whakaari to speak about our play, amongst other guests including ‘Rhubarb Rouge’ (Ricky Beirao) who performs in ‘Lashings Of Whipped Cream’ at BATS Theatre also. The film ‘The Last Saint’ screened in Wellington on 25 September, written/directed by Rene Naufahu. Some of the cast: Beulah Koale & Sophia Huybens spoke about their journey for this “gritty, raw and confrontational urban crime drama” surrounding methamphetamine use and supply. Can’t wait to see it!
Guest Blogger: Donna Banicevich-Gera
‘Whore’ written and directed by Melissa Fergusson is a risky, emotional, moving production. It’s not surprising some may find it a hard collection of stories to swallow. It is. But the group of monologues, told by six characters, is neither flippant, nor forgettable.
The stories, presented by three actors, were developed by Melissa based on the experiences of sex workers from the streets of Auckland’s Karangahape Rd.
Pick any story, pick any actor – they’re all good. So gut wrenchingly good in fact, you’d be hard pressed to choose a preference. Each story has its place, and is retold with a heartfelt honesty.
Melissa’s work is unique, in your face contemporary theatre. She’s prepared to put herself on the line. The idea of her taking on the easy projects is probably never going to occur. To date her plays have all pushed the boundaries, and ‘Whore’ is no different.
Donna Banicevich Gera
‘WHORE’ Hits Wellington
Friday, 05 September 2014
Media release: charlatan clinic
5 September 2014
‘WHORE’ Hits Wellington
After the world premiere of ‘WHORE’ at Lifewise NZ Merge Café in May/June, followed by ‘The Encore’ at Lot 23 Studio in July, the successful Auckland sell-out show is now touring to BATS Wellington, performing 25-27 September, 2014.
‘WHORE’ is a collection of topical, fact-based Auckland stories; without filters. This play gives you a glimpse into street sex work and what some people experience.
The core cast are touring to Wellington including Rebecca Parr (Married Woman, Refugee), Geraldine Creff (Underage Sex Work, Illegal Migrant) & Lee ah yen Faatoia (Transgender, Rent boy). WHORE is also being adapted for screen, with the first of six short films, available late October 2014.
“The play is presented by charlatan clinic and has succeeded in putting together a wonderful piece of theatre…” – Keeping up with NZ, May 2014
“Fergusson is fascinated why society thinks ‘Whore’ is a dirty word and wanted to challenge perceptions. She’s done so.” – Gay NZ, May 2014
‘charlatan clinic’ are proudly supported by Love Your Condom, NZAF, Paperbag Princess, Four Eyes Media NZ, Willow Shoes, Speedy Rubber Stamps & FiaFia Creations.
Tickets available from BATS Theatre, www.batstheatre.co.nz or call (04)8024175, corner of Cuba & Dixon Streets. Tickets $14 – $20.