No Bad Women

A play: Sex workers take their rapist to court.

Women Against Rape and the English Collective of Prostitutes are appealing for funds to stage a drama this November depicting a rape trial, which made history. 

Sold-out pilot shows in 2015 had great reviews: “Challenging . . . uncompromising, everything theatre should be.”  Tribune

It’s 1995.  Two sex workers have been raped separately at knifepoint while visiting a client's house in suburbia. One is a mum, a tattooed biker and former teacher; the other writes porn to support a disabled husband. They report the attacks. Despite continuing threats, the Crown Prosecution Service closes the case claiming ‘insufficient evidence’ – sex workers won’t be believed.

Scared and outraged, the women come to the English Collective of Prostitutes and Women Against Rape. They assemble a legal team to fight for justice against the odds and prevent attacks on more women.

This bold imaginative action was the first ever private prosecution for rape in England and Wales.

This play is the moving dramatisation of the trial, drawn from the transcript.

Tension builds towards the final verdict – will the women get protection and justice?

Why now?

The case was based on the principle that every victim is entitled to justice. This was picked up by the #MeToo and TimesUp movements, and accounts of rape and other violence poured out from women from all walks of life.

A play that looks at who is classed as an “unreliable witness” and a “bad girl”, and who a jury will believe is right on time.

Austerity cuts have targeted women. Rising poverty makes it harder for women to escape violence and exploitation . More women, particularly mothers are going into sex work to feed their children. Have times really changed? Can we get justice from rape in 2019? Or do we risk arrest and, if we are immigrant, deportation?

When and where

1 to 14 November 2019 (except Sundays 3rd and 10th Nov) 

7.30pm, Clean Break, 2 Patshull Rd, Kentish Town, London NW5 2LB.  

Wheelchair access. Sign-language interpreters at some shows.

Q&As with an original complainant, the cast and campaigners from ECP and WAR will follow six performances. 

Directed by renowned US writer-director, Lesley Delmenico Bio   .

To make it happen we need to raise a further £2,000.

Your donations will help fund:

Ø  Actors
Ø  Props
Ø  Lighting and sound
Ø  Rehearsal space
Ø  Travel and expenses for 10 volunteers
Ø  Graphic design for marketing
Ø  Printing flyers
Ø  Subsidised tickets for refugees, asylum seekers and unwaged people
Ø  BSL Sign language interpreter


Lisa Longstaff

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