Sex is Hard Work – A Hilarious & insightful northern play to give the inside take on life in the UK sex industry.

An insightful and hilarious new play will launch late this autumn in a bid to shed light on what life is really like for a UK sex worker. 

‘Sex is hard work’ will launch in Newcastle England this November before heading followed by a UK tour in 2021, including dates at Edinburgh Fringe Festival next summer. 

LOR PRODUCTION’S ‘Sex is Hard Work’, inspired by the book of the same name, sheds light on what life is really like for a UK sex worker – telling the story of a former Tyneside escort – with a story so outrageous that it will turn people’s views on the trade forever. 

Due to the uncertainties surrounding UK lockdown rules, the play’s producers have decided to “soft launch” at Tyneside’s iconic Cluny 2 venue in the Ouseburn Valley and will perform three back to back dates; 12th, 13th and 14th November.

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Brought to life by Alison Stanley, serial North East playwright, actress and Writer of the Year finalist at the 2018 Culture Awards, this new hard-hitting and deliciously dark short monologue will reveal the hidden world of prostitution, as seen through eyes through its lead character.

Commenting on the new play, co-founder of  LOR PRODUCTIONS and the Life of Reilly theatre production company, Alison Stanley said“What impressed me most about the person that inspired this is that she most definitely isn’t what you’d expect a stereotypical sex worker to be like. She’s not the drug addict or the lonely misguided person that has been taken advantage of by the pimp that we hear about in Netflix documentaries. She’s a straight-talking businesswoman who saw an opportunity and used it to her advantage.

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She simply went into the industry for the money with a business head on her shoulders and I think that’s very refreshing. She decided that was what she was going to do rather than sit in a call centre or work in ASDA. 

There’s the feminist and women’s empowerment movement behind it, even though people might say you can’t encourage girls to be prostitutes. It’s probably not a great career choice, but there is an ‘I can do what I want’ sort of attitude to many of these women who do choose that life. 

When other girls were buying crack and heroin, she was buying property. She’s hilarious. And some of the stories and her experiences will have people on their feet and their bellies aching with laughter.”

Alison Stanley has previously written and performed two sell-out other plays at Edinburgh Fringe (Bedsocks and Secrets in 2016 and Life of Reilly in 2019) and the Finalist for Writer of the year Culture Award 2019 is looking forward to the her company’s revised plans for Sex is Hard Work.

The play will follow engaging snippets of the escort’s unique life as a sex worker and will be filled with personal memoires, revealing the weird and wonderful requests male customers placed upon her.

Speaking about what the audience can expect, Alison continues: “When the audience goes in, there will be the black backdrop and the neon pink sign that says ‘SEX’ and we’ll have a soundtrack with classic female empowerment songs like ‘Lady Marmalade’.

All these expectations of a show that starts out pretty raunchy will be turned on their head. We’re flipping the narrative and the audience’s expectations of what they think goes on in the sex industry and showing what actually does go on. It’s going to be very different to what people think.

This is her choice and women have a choice and do what we want. It might not be the best choice for every girl in the world, but this is her choice and it’s a business decision. She’s in control, not the men. 

The play is empowering women. As an occupation, it isn’t often associated with ‘girl power’. We’re not condoning prostitution, but we want to highlight that male customers don’t necessarily hold all of the control.”

Sex is Hard Work will show the behind the scenes life of sex workers in the UK and will offer a glimpse into the perverseness of human nature coupled with the tragedy and sadness that comes with this controversial way of living.

Alison Stanley adds: ““After the play’s UK tour we will be taking a trimmed down version of the production on the festival circuit.  

We’re going to lure the audience into a false sense of security and make them think they know what’s coming. The poster design and the title of the play will jump out of the Fringe programme,” continues Alison.

Like with everything we do, we will be providing opportunities for autistic people to work in the crew and production team for the play.” 

Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Life of Reilly is a community interest company run by three Mums who each have a child of different ages living with Autism. 

The organisation provide support, advice and guidance to families with children on the Autistic Spectrum and also educates employers, professionals and practitioners through training and awareness raising workshops addressing the realities of living with children affected with Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Neuro Development difficulties.

Tickets for Sex is Hard Work in Newcastle this November will be priced at £10.00 per show, plus the normal booking fees. 

Tickets are available via TicketWeb by visiting this link: https://bit.ly/2GL9u11


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