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Please note – all shows are now sold out

See this page for reviews, pics, info on our cast and history of the play and trial.

Some fabulous photos from the play by the renowned photographer Simon Annand:

REVIEWS:

Review 31: Because she was a prostitutereview by Frith Taylor

. . . The trial unfolds in what feels like real time; witnesses are examined and cross-examined, and we wait for the final verdict. Courtroom dramas are meant to be pacey and exciting, and resolve in a satisfying distribution of justice. But this play does things differently. We watch Patricia Whitfield and Elizabeth Harris in the stand answering questions, sometimes nervously, sometimes fiercely, trying to get the details right. When they are asked to describe the assault itself, the attacks are enacted as flashbacks. This interruption in generic convention results in scenes of almost unbearable tension. These parts are intensified by the play’s immersive staging.


Good Sex Bad Sex, Nov 6 podcast by MetroUK features No Bad Women – Rape on Trial

Lisa Longstaff from Women Against Rape talks to Bibi Lynch and Miranda Kane about the play. Listen: http://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/good-sex-bad-sex/rape-on-trial-7djpDqitOhX/


INTERVIEW-Sex workers denied justice over rapes, says UK prostitutes’ collective

by Sonia Elks | @SoniaElks | Thomson Reuters Foundation 5 November 2019 12:33 GMT

LONDON, Nov 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Police and prosecutors are becoming less willing to take action over rapes reported by sex workers, the English Collective of Prostitutes (ECP) said as a play highlighted their work to bring England’s first private rape prosecution.

Nearly 25 years on from the landmark 1995 trial, sex workers still struggle to obtain justice over rape and other attacks at work as they face scepticism from officials and fear of being prosecuted themselves, said ECP member Niki Adams.

“At some point it seemed that things were improving,” Adams told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

“Now feels that it is going backwards.”

The ECP estimates about two-thirds of sex workers have suffered some kind of violence.

Read full article http://news.trust.org/item/20191105120530-v6kp7/


Radio AVA podcast:


Interviews with Director Lesley Delmenico and Producer Lisa Longstaff, and excerpts from the play in rehearsal. Listen https://www.mixcloud.com/avaradio/oct-2019-p1-film-hustlers-twitter-clarsypatron-rant-online-escoring-sites-play-no-bad-women/ TC: 51:11- 1:23:05

Camden New Journal review by Clair Chapwell, 7 Nov 2019


Diva Review by Jane Fae


Vice Magazine by @emmaggarlandThe Legal System Failed Two Sex Workers – So They Took Their Rapist to Court

Lisa Longstaff of WAR referred to the context at the time of its Dossier of 15 other cases that should have been prosecuted, adding: “None of them were sex workers, but they were all women who didn’t have a high social status or were related to the attacker,” she explains. “Women who were under 16, women who were married to or partnered with their attacker, women of colour and women with insecure immigration status. You could just see there was prejudice against them, and the woman weren’t backed against the man who, in most cases, had a higher social status.”

Niki Adams of the English Collective of Prostitutes said: “Sex workers are usually only ever portrayed as poor victims, in order to justify the move to increase criminalisation in the name of saving us from ourselves and from violence, and this is a direct counter to that,” she says. “This is not two victims, this is two women who were victimised and who took their rapist to court – but it’s not a ‘happy hooker’ story either. It’s a real reflection of the reality of who goes into sex work, why, what happens to us, and how we struggle against those injustices.”

Read full article https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/ne8md8/sex-workers-first-private-prosecution-rape-uk


Bridget Galton’s preview, first two pages of Et Cetera arts section in The Hampstead & Highgate Express 31 Oct


A brief history of the play and the precedent legal case

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

A rape trial which makes legal history. 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 by a jury.

Outraged but scared, the women come to the English Collective of Prostitutes and Women Against Rape. The groups assemble a legal team to take on the rapist and prevent him attacking other women.

This was the first ever private prosecution for rape in England and Wales. The play is a dramatisation of this bold and imaginative fight for justice, drawn from the trial transcript. But can women who do sex work win?

At Clean Break, 2 Patshull Rd, London NW5 2LB 7.30pm 1-14 Nov 2019.

Please donate to crowdfunding appeal: https://www.gofundme.com/f/no-bad-women


Cast (alphabetical order)

Duncan Hess – His Honour Judge Carson

Maria Lovelady – Patricia Whitfield

Erina Mashate – Police officer/Clerk/Jury Foreman

Stephanie Noblet – Elizabeth Harris

Christopher Poke – Mr Alloway

Jacob Trenerry – Stephen Donaldson, aka Terry

Toby Trimby – Jack Whitfield

Michael Tuffnell – Mr Murphy

Peter York – Paul Harris

Tweet by Sue Odell, casting director:

“Saw ‘No Bad Women’ @CleanBrk, Lesley Delmenico’s important & excellent dramatisation of an iconic 1992 rape trial produced by Lisa Longstaff @AgainstRape. Shout out to superb actors @MariaLovelady & Stephanie Noblet. Book tickets: http://nobadwomen.brownpapertickets.com @ProstitutesColl”

The Production Team

Lesley Delmenico – Writer/Director

Lisa Longstaff – Producer

Darius Gervinskas – Stage Manager

Arvid Zollinger – Lighting designer/operator


No Bad Women

Please help Women Against Rape and the English Collective of Prostitutes raise funds to stage a dramatic production of a rape trial where two sex workers took on their rapist in court.

Call for actors,(some roles with part time pay, others travel and food expenses), technitions, stage manager, general help. Auditions 17-19 Sept For character list and production details, contact Lisa at war@womenagainstrape.net.

Make a donation here Go Fund Me

View teaser from rehearsals in 2015, when the play was called ‘Pursuing Justice’. Please support this bold creative project. Publicise, donate, take part.

It’s 1995.  Two sex workers have been raped separately at knifepoint while visiting a client’s house in suburbia. They report it, but despite continuing threats, the Crown Prosecution Service closed the case claiming ‘insufficient evidence’.

Scared and outraged, the women came to the English Collective of Prostitutes and Women Against Rape. They assembled a legal team to take the rapist to court, 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?

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

Call for actors,(some roles with part time pay, others travel and food expenses), technitions, stage manager, general help. Auditions 17-19 Sept For character list and production details, contact Lisa at war@womenagainstrape.net.

Why now?

The case established that every victim is entitled to justice. This principle 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 who a jury will believe is right on time.

Austerity cuts have targeted women. Rising poverty makes it harder for women to resist and escape exploitation and violence. More women, particularly mothers are going into sex work to feed their children. Yet, sex workers are deterred from reporting violence by the fear of arrest and for migrant workers, the fear of deportation.

When and where

1 to 14 November 2019 [except Sundays 3rd and 10th Nov], 7pm, 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.

To make it happen we need to raise a further £10,000

Your donations will help fund:

  • Nine actors
  • Costumes
  • Lighting and sound
  • Rehearsal space
  • Stage manager fees
  • Travel and expenses for 10 volunteers
  • Graphic design for marketing online and printing
  • Subsidised tickets for refugees, asylum seekers and unwaged people
  • Sign language interpreters

Make a donation here Go Fund Me