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When Vivie discovers that her expensive education was funded by her mother’s prosperous string of brothels, her worldview is shattered. With judgements flying, truths to tell and morals in contention, mother and daughter go head to head in a confrontation that neither will ever forget.

I adapted George Bernard's Shaw text, setting it in contemporary New Zealand (on the beachfront Coromandel). Additionally, I added a character of 'Liz' (Mrs Warren's sister) played by poet and former sex worker Hadassah Grace. Together we weaved Hadassah's spoken word poetry about her experiences in the sex industry into Shaw's text.  The production culminated in a three way argument between Vivie, Mrs Warren and Liz, discussing sex work and the questions it raises around consent and women in the workplace, particularly potent in the context of New Zealand's #metoo moment. 

Presentation

 

CREATIVE TEAM

Searing and powerful
— NZ Herald
  • By George Bernard Shaw. Adaptation: Eleanor Bishop with the cast. Original poetry by Hadassah Grace

  • Direction: Eleanor Bishop

  • Performance: Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Karin McCracken, Cameron Rhodes, Stephen Lovatt, Jack Buchanan, Tawanda Manyimo, Hadassah Grace

  • Design: Tracy Grant Lord

  • Lighting Design: Jennifer Lal

  • Sound Design: Te Aihe Butler

REVIEWS

  • “Stigma about sex work dispelled”, Dione Joseph, NZ Herald, May 7, 2018

PRESS

genuinely boundary pushing
— The Spinoff
  • “Auckland Theatre Company prepares to mark milestone”, Dionne Christian, NZ Herald, September 2, 2017

  • “A new look at the oldest profession”, Standing Room Only, Radio NZ, April 15, 2018

  • “Mrs Warren's Profession still the subject of heated debate”, Dionne Christian, NZ Herald, April 28, 2018

  • “What happens when you find out your mum runs a global chain of brothels”, Lizzie Marvelly, The Villainesse, May 2, 2018