Putting on the red boots: role-play as ‘coping work’ and ‘creative work’ in the theatrical representation of prostitution

BUSH, Sophie (2017). Putting on the red boots: role-play as ‘coping work’ and ‘creative work’ in the theatrical representation of prostitution. Studies in Theatre and Performance, 1-16.

Bush Putting on the Red Boots.pdf - Accepted Version
All rights reserved.

Download (354kB) | Preview
Official URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1468276...
Link to published version:: https://doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2017.1311507


This article examines the representation of various forms of prostitution in a range of contemporary theatre pieces, from the traumatised victims of sex-trafficking in Cora Bissett’s and Stef Smith’s RoadKill (Traverse, Edinburgh 2010; Theatre Royal, Stratford East 2011), to more diverse depictions of sex workers in Alecky Blythe’s verbatim piece The Girlfriend Experience (Royal Court 2008; Young Vic 2009) and the group devised Sex Workers’ Opera (Courtyard Theatre 2014; Arcola 2015; Pleasance, Islington 2016). Particular attention is paid to examining each piece’s claims towards ‘authenticity’ of representation. Alongside this, instances of metatheatricality and role-playing within the role within each of these works are considered, highlighting the adoption of performance practices by real-life and fictionalised prostitutes. Drawing on Kirsten Pullen’s study of the overlap between actresses and ‘whores’, which suggests performance as a strategy that lends agency to sex workers, on Bertolt Brecht’s model of gestic acting, and on Dorothy Heathcote’s definitions of the twin aims of role-play as ‘coping work’ and ‘creative work’, this article examines the potential for each within the performative acts of prostitutes

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Humanities Research Centre
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/14682761.2017.1311507
Page Range: 1-16
Depositing User: Carmel House
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2017 13:39
Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 08:02
URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15594

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item


Downloads per month over past year

View more statistics