Written and Performed by Tim Spencer with Charles Purcell
Directed by Scarlet McGlynn
Old Fitz Theatre, 2011, Melbourne Fringe Festival 2012, La Boite Theatre Company Brisbane 2013
Two men discuss love, life & the ins-and-outs of sex work.
Not-Nick makes money from people who are genuinely in love with him. In a conversation with Tim Spencer, the male sex worker (portrayed by Charles Purcell) tells us about his work, his family and his love life. This scripted interview is an alluring study of integrity and play acting, made volatile by the rules of theatre. The men gently pry into each other’s lives and discover the sheer pleasure of generosity and candour.
Widely held assumptions about sex work and theatre set up invisible cultural collisions between the two men, but if there is nothing risked, there is nothing gained.
“An elegant piece of writing…. Purcell’s performance is measured, slick and captivating and Spencer’s “timid” interviewer counterpoints him perfectly….The work is original, its execution smooth and choreographed to a tee.” – The Courier-Mail – Baz McAlister
“This play will haunt you… Enigmatic and engaging!” – Stage Whispers – Jay McKee
“Directed by Scarlet McGlynn, the magic of this work is in its ability to convince you that you aren’t watching a performance at all.” – ArtsHub – Peter Taggart
“I’d urge you to see Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine if you are at all interested in the possibilities of theatre… as a slice of human interaction, it’s fascinating.” – Same Same – Timothy Passmore
Spencer has jumped out of his armchair and is running in a new and exciting creative direction as he explores verbatim theatre through the world of sex work…[Spencer] does force us to face truths, ask ourselves how we feel and admit to ourselves we want to be loved. However you look at it, Spencer has created a complex and emotionally affecting work. **** – Roslyn Helper, Brag Magazine.
Spencer has whittled down months of conversation to a one-hour digest of their interactions, touching on both men’s thoughts about their professions, their values and their conceptions of the other. It is an honest account of subject matter that is all too often sensationalised, which succeeds in being provocative without succumbing to wowserism. Purcell respects his real-life counterpart without sentimentalising him, and Spencer’s arrangement of the material probes gently but insistently at the ethical relationship between performance and sex. It’s intelligent, provocative work, but never preachy. **** – Rebecca Saffir, Time Out Sydney.
Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine was originally presented as part of The Horses’ Mouth Festival produced by Tamarama Rock Surfers Theatre Company and Bambina Borracha Productions at The Old Fitzroy Theatre, Sydney.
Production Stills by Cybele Malinowski
Show Me Yours, I’ll Show You Mine
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