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Experimental Experience presents

Sex Workers’ Opera

What do you think of when you hear the words ‘Stripper’, ‘Escort’, ‘Pornstar’?

  • Wheelchair Access
  • Wed 22 Nov – Sat 2 Dec, 7:30pm

JUST ADDED: Saturday matinee 2 Dec 2pm - NOW BOOKING!

Running time: 2 hours and 20 minutes (including interval)

Venue: Downstairs

A street worker giving marital advice...

A webcam model and her ventriloquist dummy…

A daughter making career choices in a male-dominated world…

Whether you want to save us, judge us, lust for us or empathise, come down for a night of opera to hip-hopera, contemporary dance to pole dance, where Sex Workers take back the stage to tell our own stories in our own words.

Created and performed by Sex Workers and friends, Sex Workers' Opera offers an unflinchingly honest, upliftingly human insight into the lives of sex workers locally and around the world.

“One of the most important pieces of theatre you’ll see this year” - The Independent

“Slaps tropes round the face with a PVC glove” - TimeOut

“Will no doubt leave you laughing and crying in equal measure” - LatinoLife

"Shatters expectations" - VICE

"An extraordinary show" - BBC World Service

Content warning: 16+ (contains explicit language, nudity, scenes of a sexual nature and strobe lighting)


  • Thu 23 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Fri 24 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Sat 25 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Tue 28 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Wed 29 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Thu 30 Nov, 7:30pm
  • Fri 1 Dec, 7:30pm
  • Sat 2 Dec, 2:00pm
  • Sat 2 Dec, 7:30pm


Since 2011 XX has run multiarts workshops providing a platform for marginalised communities to tell their own stories in their own words and on their own terms.

Using art as process and encouraging emancipatory public expression, XX draw on techniques such as Theatre of the Oppressed (Augusto Boal), Theatre Reportage (Annet Henneman), Psychomagic (Alejandro Jodorowsky), Rebel Clowning (John Jordan) and Nature Connection (Jon Young).

XX has collaborated with a variety of pioneering artists such as Rubyyy Jones, Roddy Skeaping, Pat Cash, Pete the Temp, and curated events across the UK and in Denmark, Greece and Singapore.


Sex Worker's Opera began in 2014 with a group of at least 50% Sex Workers. It was written based on the group’s experiences and drawing on over 60 stories from 17 countries across 5 continents.

Sex Workers are involved in all elements of the creative and production process, including writing, acting, directing, performing in the band, set design, lighting and stage management.

Since its inception, Sex Worker’s Opera has performed Arts Council funded, award-winning sell-out shows to thousands of people and standing ovations in London and has travelled to Glasgow, Dublin and Athens.

The show has received a magnitude of glowing media reception including Classic FM, The Independent, TimeOut, BBC Radio, and ITV’s This Morning and enjoys continued support from grassroots Sex Worker organisations.

The project has released a single, two documentaries, and is running year-round workshops in creative expression for Sex Workers and Sex Worker support for community groups.

Additional information

Thurs 30 Nov

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