I understand being homeless is not a choice – having experienced ‘sleeping rough’ before. Realising it’s an ongoing issue here in New Zealand, and that youth are also involved (sadly). I feel we need to address this issue now and the ‘Big Sleep out’ is my way of being visible and fundraising towards housing marginalised people. I would personally love to help every homeless person – but unfortunately I don’t have the financial means or expertise. Lifewise can make a difference. I’m happy to be apart of the ‘Whore’ team, being a ‘rough sleeper’ on 3 July and fundraising for a great cause. I find it amazing that society ignore the homeless issue. Why? Just remember you are ‘lucky’ to be sleeping in a (warm) bed, with a roof over your head!
Media Release: charlatan clinic
Wednesday, 7 May 2014
charlatan clinic’s confronting new work ‘Whore’ in collaboration with Printable Reality, begins 29 May performing at Lifewise Merge Cafe in Karangahape Road, Ponsonby.
‘Whore’ delves into the lives of six characters (‘Rent boy’, ‘Refugee’, ‘Illegal migrant’, ‘Married woman’, ‘Underage sex worker’ and ‘Transgender’) played by Lee Ah Yen Faatoia, Rebecca Parr and Geraldine Creff, who have written about their experience on the charlatan clinic blog.
Fergusson has met with Auckland sex workers and conducted interviews to gain insight and understanding, for the purpose of honest storytelling. She is fascinated why society think ‘Whore’ is a dirty word. Fergusson says “Sex work is heavily stigmatised and misunderstood in society. Hopefully my play brings truth, and challenges perception.”
Lifewise Merge Cafe will be converted into an intimate theatre space, seating up to 60 people per show. There will also be a photo gallery of the making of ‘Whore’, and audio interviews about sex work at the venue.
‘Whore’ is proudly supported and sponsored by Lifewise, Splice, Printable Reality, NZ Stage, The Makeup School, Paper Bag Princess, NZPC and Four Eyes Media.
Tickets $10 – Door Sales Only
‘Whore’ season runs 29 May – 1 June @8pm, Lifewise Merge Cafe, 453 Karangahape Road, Ponsonby.
27 March 2014
Media release: charlatan clinic
Challenging Theatre: ‘Whore’ Speaks Out
Charlatan clinic and Printable Reality are proudly working
In collaboration to present our new work ‘Whore’.
Contemporary, topical, true-life based monologues told by six
Characters: ‘Married Woman’, ‘Underage Sex Worker’, ‘Illegal
Migrant’, ‘Rent Boy’, ‘Refugee’ and ‘Transgender’. This work is a
Collection of stories about street sex workers in Auckland, New Zealand.
Directed and written by Melissa Fergusson (‘Motherlock’, ‘The
Artefact Project’, ‘pURe’, ‘Salt), the show features acting talent
Rebecca Parr (‘Shortland Street’, ’pURe’), Lee Ah Yen
Faatoia (‘The 3UP’, ‘Hongi’ for Sexy Bird) and Geraldine Creff
(Tartuffe, Spartacus) in the principal character roles.
‘Whore’ is performing at ‘Lifewise’ Merge Café on May 29 – June 1 at 8pm, who are kindly
Supporting and sponsoring this event. ‘Lifewise’ is an Auckland-based community organisation
Initiating new ways to solve challenging social issues and providing services to families in need, the
Homeless as well as older and disabled people.