Stage, screen and the sex worker

It’s described as one o the world’s oldest professions, so perhaps it’s no surprise that over the centuries, prostitution and prostitutes have found their way on to the stage and even our screens.

When Yorkshire writer Kay Mellor started writing Band of Gold, she was aware that sex workers were always in the back of a shot or just had one line to say. Kay wanted to give us the opportunity to get to know these characters and put them on centre stage on television, so we could get to know them as women, as mothers, daughters and sisters.

Band of Gold arrived on our screens and over 15 million people tuned in overnight to watch it. Fast forward more than 20 years and Kay has once again put pen to paper and written a new version, this time for the stage.

Last night was press night and a night I had looked forward to for many weeks since interviewing Kay and daughter, star of the show Gaynor Faye for our latest cover story.

I was unsure what to expect. I knew it wasn’t exactly like the TV series and it had a modern feel to it, but I wasn’t disappointed, just a few minutes in and I was gripped.

Outstanding performances by Gaynor Faye, Laurie Brett, Kieron Richardson, Shayne Ward, Andrew Dunn, Sacha Parkinson, Emma Osman and many more and of course expertly written by Kay.

From start to finish the performance from everyone was outstanding and well deserving of the standing ovation at the end. If you haven’t seen it yet, do book, you won’t be disappointed.

Rounding off a lovely evening, Mandy and I enjoyed drinks in the bar with our lovely friend TV news presenter from Calendar, News Christine Talbot and Kay herself.

Tomorrow I head over to Huddersfield for the Kirklees and Calderdale Christmas Lunch (KACCL) as a guest of our valued partners Chadwick Lawrence. Let the Christmas festivities begin, although will have to keep my head as I will be speaking to journalist students at The University of Huddersfield on Friday morning rounding off the week, on how magazine writing, designing and production works.

Gill x