‘Illegal Migrant’ (12 min film)
She hails from Brazil. Arrived in NZ on a tourist visa in the hope of finding love or a good job. Instead she resorts to sex work sleeping with both straight & bisexual men. She has one friend who she confides in and lives in fear of being deported.
‘Underage Sex Worker’ (12 min film)
She is 15, skeletal from poor diet and is a runaway from Northland. She has been taken away by CYF (Child Youth & Family) many times; lived in foster care and been molested by her step-father for 2 years, who is a junkie.
‘Transgender’ (12 min film)
Unaccepted by her Samoan family, she started working as a sex worker as she thought it would be fun. She receives a lot of attention from her clients who make her feel special. She is homeless, sleeps with men unprotected for more money and does meth.
Rent boy’ (12 min film)
He is Maori, suffers from PTS (post traumatic stress); has just come out of prison. He only sleeps with men for money, and confirms he’s straight. Sleeps with strippers, other sex workers and users. He has been selling his arse for 20 yrs.
‘Refugee’ (12 min film)
She is 23 yrs old from the Ukraine, had two children when she was 14 yrs to an older man; suffers from manic depression, and sleeps with everything that walks. Homeless, body is heavily blemished, addicted to drugs.
‘Married Woman’ (12 min film)
She is in early forties, sleeps rough or in cheap accommodation with her husband of 2 yrs, who is also her pimp and pride & joy. She has been working on the streets for 25 yrs and this is all she knows. Sleeps with bisexual & heterosexual men; sometimes unprotected. Husband beats her up regularly.
charlatan clinic’s dramatic new work, ‘salt’ begins Wednesday, 13 November at The Williamson, upstairs in The Private Meeting Room in Ponsonby. The season runs until Saturday 16 November.
‘Henry lives at home with his Mother and is besotted with Lilly. He has been secretly stalking Lilly for 2 years, when they finally met face-to-face and spend 7 hours together, one Friday afternoon. Love meets obsession.’
‘charlatan clinic’ have introduced tweet seats and tweet reviews for their event #projectsalt.
Fergusson has recently been interviewed by Justin Gregory for ‘Arts on Sunday’ broadcasting on 3 November, focussing on the social media engagement for the project and the interactive love questionnaire.
The cast of ‘salt’ playing Henry (Coen Falke) and Lilly (Jess Holly Bates) have both blogged about their characters and #projectsalt journey on the charlatan clinic blog.
The Williamson Private Meeting Room is an alternative space that has being transformed into an intimate theatrical experience, seating up to 60 patrons per show.
‘salt’ is proudly sponsored by Foxes Island Wine, Tokyo Food, Tokyo Liquor, NZ Stage, The Makeup School, Vixen Vintage Boutique, Lucid Collective, The Williamson, Barefoot Casting and Bianca Fallon Media Makeup.
“Playing Lilly is a treat. Lilly is an unstable extrovert, highly sexual, smart, inattentive, easily bored, fascinated by the darker mores in life. She imagines herself to be an extremist – and makes choices based on a flirtation with a polarised position, which sits in opposition to her dry-mouthed, cardboard, and largely absent father figure. ” – Jess Holly Bates, ‘salt’
1. What is LOVE (in your opinion)?
To me it is feeling like your heart is between your teeth, and sometimes in your groin. I think love is the fear of being left behind. It’s feeling like there is always the threat of being left.
2. Do you believe in love?
3. What are your dreams re above?
My dream of love is someone I continue to be challenged and stimulated by, sexually and intellectually. It’s also about kindness, and support.
4. Who was your (childhood) sweetheart?
Felix. When I was under 5.
5. When did you first feel butterflies in your tummy?
Probably when I got asked to the Standard Four social, when I was ten.
6. Were you ever besotted with anyone? Why and for how long?
Yes -A Christian boy who was in his early twenties when I was still at high school. I took him to my seventh form ball. He was the only male I knew who was enthusiastic, funny and capable of conversation. And he was a brilliant dancer, and an actor. I was nuts about him for two years – I think we only kissed once, and then I gave him a hand-job. He told me afterwards that I shouldn’t have done that, and that he had a problem with lust. I tried to devote my life to Jesus for him. I think he’s a youth pastor now.
I was also engaged when I was 22 for three years. I was pretty besotted with him. Because he was extroverted, kind, had exquisite taste, loved lavishing me with gifts, had curly hair and this tiny beautiful body. He was always the life of the party, but was also the most sweet and loving thing. He left me when I was 25. That changed my opinion of love.
7. What has changed for you now (present day) with the word ‘love’?
I think it is feeling like there is risk, of not having all the power, but also I have a deep knowledge that love has to be with someone that can keep challenging you in the ways that matter to YOU, not to your family, or to other people. Now, I am in love with a woman for the first time, who is younger than me, and I feel the need for my love to be a patient love, and a generous love, both in its time and energy for problems.
8. Have your ever written love poetry? Or love notes?
Yes. I write a lot of poetry. I have written poems to almost all of my serious partners.
9. Do you believe in love at first sight?
Maybe not ‘sight’, but sometimes ‘touch’ for me. I’m extremely tactile. I think beautiful things can come from physical connections, but its not a sustainable base for a love that will give you the things you want in life in the long term.
10. What is the most (important) lesson you have learnt through your life, when it comes to love? Please be specific:)
To continue to be clear about what I want from my life, and to accept responsibility for my own happiness. Also that love is this feeling that changes, and its okay to move away from it and towards it.
charlatan clinic is back for Spring 2013 after a year’s hiatus with their new work ‘salt’ and the birth of ‘tweet seats’ and ‘tweet reviews’.
charlatan clinic’s previous work includes, ‘pURe’, ‘Motherlock’, ‘The Artefact Project’ and Gary Henderson’s ‘Skin Tight’.
“Social medialite” Melissa Fergusson uses multiple platforms for interactive audience engagement and will be combining her love of all things social media with theatre in ‘salt’. charlatan clinic under the direction of Fergusson will use their ‘Kred’ and ‘Klout’ to reach a vast online audience.
‘salt’, a thriller on stage, is the brain child of Fergusson, playwright and director, and contains themes of unrequited love and mental health. Fergusson conducted love questionnaires to a controlled group to ascertain perspectives on love and the places it takes you. When asked what discoveries this led to Fergusson asserts “there were common themes, everyone remembered their first love around the age of 5 and what ‘butterflies’ felt like”.
‘salt’ tastes bittersweet. Lilly (Jess Holly Bates) and Henry (Coen Falke) only know each other in passing. Henry is a loner; works in finance and lives at home with his mother. He has been secretly stalking Lilly for 2 years. Henry finally meets Lilly face-to-face and they spend 7 hours together, one Friday afternoon. Love meets obsession.
Jess Holly Bates has credits such as “The Heretic” – ATC, “White Rabbit, Red Rabbit” – Silo Theatre, and series regular ‘Shay’ on “Nothing Trivial: series II”.
Coen Falke has credits such as “The Motel”, film “The Emperor” and TV shows “Jono Project” and “Shortland Street”.
charlatan clinic will be sprinkling some ‘salt’ throughout Auckland Central with impromptu experiential theatre experiences.
‘salt’ performing on stage 13 – 16 November 2013
The Williamson, 1 Williamson Avenue, Ponsonby (old fire station)
Tickets available through http://www.iticket.co.nz
Hash tag event: #projectsalt
Contact: Amanda Turner – Producer for charlatan clinic