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WHORE: Stage to Screen

Charlatan clinic’s most recent theatre work ‘Whore’ has now been adapted to screen. ‘Whore’ is a collection of stories about street sex workers from Auckland, New Zealand. The play has performed successfully in 2014 at alternative venues including Lifewise Merge Cafe in May/June, Lot 23 Studio in July, then toured to Wellington showcasing at BATS (Out of Site) in late September.

Fergusson has been working with a small team of creatives to start the process with one short film already in post-production.
‘Illegal Migrant’ will be screened in early 2015, with plans to take all 6 short films internationally, on the festival circuit.

The talented core cast for ‘Illegal Migrant’ includes Geraldine Creff (Illegal Migrant), Jennie Cruse (Patron), Carl Drake (John) and Becky Kuek (Maria) in this real-time snippet of this sex worker’s life.

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Project Whore: interview #11

1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?

I think that prostitution is a far more complex issue than either the media, the public or politicians treat it. It is a polarizing issue that people from the left and right wing kick around like a political football, while very few people actually have a clue what they are talking about. While I laude the liberal attitudes of New Zealand to regulate prostitution in brothels, I feel ashamed that we still don’t have safety nets put in place for the most vulnerable in our society in the twenty first century. Once a teenager gets a few convictions, and a drug habit society washes their hands of them and that is a tragedy I and others like me push to the back of our consciousness.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?

Yes

3. Why or why not?

I was young and both socially and sexually inadequate.

4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?

An insult.

5. Do you belief in monogamy?

Yes.

6. Have you been solicited to, by a sex worker in the street? Male or female?

No.

7. Do you think sex work is a choice?

I think there are as many reasons for becoming a sex worker as there are sex workers working. In my opinion, there is no simple answer to this: Romanian teenagers kidnaped and forced to inject heroin clearly have no choice, while middle class girls who do the occasional escort services for extra money or to pay for college do. However, these are two extreme (and hopefully rare) ends of the spectrum. For the vast majority I cannot possibly comment, though I suspect that the further down the social ladder you go, the less choice is involved.

8. Are you heterosexual, bisexual or gay?

Heterosexual.

9. Are you tempted to pay for sex, if you want to experiment?

No.

10. Lastly, do you judge others who visit sex workers regularly?

​Probably, though I think that as a society we need some serious debate over our attitudes to sex and the way we teach it to our young adults. At best, we’re a little screamish about it; at worst, mediaeval and hysterical about it. That is the only way you are going to reduce the numbers of people seeking out prostitutes to fulfil their baser sexual proclivities.

“Do I Look Like A Whore?”

Poem by “Illegal Migrant”

I sell my body to make a living.
I let men penetrate my body
With their cock not their fist.
I never forget my worth.
I dream of the sea
When I can hardly breathe
To heal me from my pain.
You take away pieces of me
But I never let you see.
I am a whore today.
I am a whore tomorrow.
I am a human being.

Project Whore: Interview with Rhys Collier

Rhys is a visual artist based in Eden Terrace, Auckland. He works with recyclable materials in sculpture and enjoys painting. Rhys is also an actor and filmmaker.

1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?
I have mixed feelings. On one hand I feel it is a honest and necessary Profession. And paying for sex or providing that service should not be shameful. However being involved in this industry can be incredibly damaging to a person. Not to mention the violence, drug abuse and other criminal behavior that can go hand in hand. More transparency for the safety of all involved is needed.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?
I have never been a customer. I briefly dated a sex worker.

3. Why or why not?
I crave the intimacy that’s created during sex with someone you care for, rather than the physical act itself. This would be absent if I payed a random sex worker.

4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?
I googled this phrase and came up with: a women you desire who sleeps with everyone but you. This is perfect as the term has a jealousy and rage attached, a word to be used by a man scorned by the women he desires.

5. Do you belief in monogamy?
I will commit without hesitation to a women I’m in love with. Is it the ideal choice for me, I’m not so sure.

6. Have you been solicited to, by a sex worker in the street? Male or female?
Yes but only half hearted efforts as I walk past.

7. Do you think sex work is a choice?
Yes for some. For others it seems to be where they are corralled by force, abuse or addiction.

8. Are you heterosexual, bisexual or gay?
Heterosexual

9. Are you tempted to pay for sex, if you want to experiment?
Not in New Zealand. In countries such as Thailand, Cuba or Brazil where sex work seems more open and accessible I have considered it, and may be tempted one day.

10. Lastly, do you judge others who visit sex workers regularly?
No its a legal, mutually beneficial transaction.

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Lee Speaks Out: ‘Transgender’ And ‘Rent Boy’

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If you know me, you maybe surprised that I am involved in this project. Why? I’m a Martial artist and actor who is usually in Action films. I’m portraying two sex workers in’Whore’. One is a ‘Rent Boy’ who has sex with men for money, and the other is ‘Transgender’ who loves sex with men. The characters (I find) are very interesting and EXCITING. My research and preparation for these two fine, well written characters involve finding my raw, dark and sexual side. Thank goodness we have the internet to explore this subject matter. I usually say ‘no’ to these kind of roles but hey: This is directed and written by Melissa Fergusson. She’s a good director and tremendous writer who can bring out the raw truth in front of you. I love that. I won’t give you too many details of my preparation, but I am still learning how to walk in high heels. It’s tricky. My research tells me about the adversity Transgender’s go through and how sex workers are heavily judged in society, “its easy to judge a book by its cover”? This play will be unforgettable.

Geraldine Talks About ‘Whore’

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I always thought if I had the opportunity to play a sex worker one day, I would definitely do it! I know that as an actor it would be an extremely interesting and challenging character to play, to relate to and to pull it off. “Whore” is far from the “Pretty Woman” characters I had in mind at first.
Both my characters ( illegal migrant and underage sex worker) are based on real people’s stories and the challenge being is to understand them, their background, what reasons led them to sell their bodies and how they act on a day-to-day basis. I find it difficult to deal with themes (for my underage sex worker character) such as drugs, poverty, violence and chaotic dysfunction. I realise through reading and watching documentaries how the family environment and poverty can lead young women to work on the street. I can not stand violence. It is ugly and I find it heartbreaking to imagine that my characters have dealt with it. Then there is drugs – another rough and disturbing topic. It is a vicious circle: you need drugs to work, and you need to work to pay for your habit. Both my characters experience loneliness and fear (but are not victims) and I love that about them. It is a very fascinating journey I am taking with Melissa Fergusson and the “Whore” team to bring my characters to life. Working on this controversial project is definitely an eye and heart opener.

Project Whore: interview #9

1. What are your thoughts on prostitution?
Don’t like it. It’s weird, I believe there should be some form of connection between two sexual partners and that connection shouldn’t be money.

2. Have you slept with a sex worker before?
No

3. Why or why not?
There’s no connection between 2 people if one is paying the other for sex. One person is doing it to satisfy themselves sexually, the other is doing it to make money. It’s bizarre.

4. What does the word ‘whore’ mean to you?
It’s a derogatory term for a sex worker, it’s very negative.

5. Do you belief in monogamy?
Yes

6. Have you been solicited to, by a sex worker in the street? Male or female?
Yeah, a couple times, not in New Zealand though.

7. Do you think sex work is a choice?
Yes

8. Are you heterosexual, bisexual or gay?
Heterosexual

9. Are you tempted to pay for sex, if you want to experiment?
No

10. Lastly, do you judge others who visit sex workers regularly?
I don’t know anyone who does so I haven’t needed to judge. I’d like to say; each to their own and not judge them, but I know that I would.