The Game at Contact

Andrew Anderson

THEATREclub: The Game at Contact Theatre, Manchester 15 March 2017 Tickets from £7.00 — Book now

People say that prostitution is ‘the oldest profession’ and treat it as inevitable: men will always want to pay for sex, women will always have to acquiesce. We’re asked to treat sex like any other commodity, an emotionless product that can be bought and sold. Even the term ‘sex workers’ is designed to remove the sting of guilt; after all, it is just work – and we all have to work. We do not hear the human stories.

But with the revitalisation of feminism in recent years, and thanks to powerful books like Kat Banyard’s Pimp State, people are starting – slowly – to realise there is more to prostitution than a harmless financial transaction. The Game, from Dublin’s THEATREclub, is part of that movement. Using real-life testimony from women who have been, or currently are, sex workers, it uncovers the consequences of prostitution.

What is really clever about The Game is that it doesn’t just tell it from a female perspective. Instead, five male volunteers are asked to take part in each show, responding to questions, tasks and situations without a script. By doing this it switches men from passive consumers to active participants in the outcomes of prostitution.

Shows like The Game are why we appreciate SICK! Festival so much. It is theatre that makes you think, and that can help make the world a better and more understanding place.

THEATREclub: The Game at Contact Theatre, Manchester 15 March 2017 Tickets from £7.00 Book now

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Where to go near The Game at Contact

Music venue
The Deaf Institute

The Deaf Institute is a vibrant gig venue and nightclub for which it is well worth taking a jaunt out of the Northern Quarter.

Catalog Bookshop

Find Peter and his Christiania cargo bike around All Saints Park, a hop, skip and a bunnyhop from Manchester Poetry Library.

Bar or Pub

Sandbar, just off Oxford Road in Manchester, is a well-loved watering hole, with a great selection of ales and some eccentric seating.

Johnny Roadhouse store
Johnny Roadhouse

Buffeted by fried chicken outlets, legendary musical instrument emporium Johnny Roadhouse has been serving the local music community for over 50 years.

Café or Coffee Shop
Eighth Day

Eighth Day is a co-operative shop that sells ethically-sourced food, wine and cosmetics. There’s also café that serves hearty, healthy meals in the basement.

Event venue
The Proud Place

Based in the heart of Manchester on Sidney Street, The Proud Place houses The Proud Trust and serves as a community hub for the wider LGBT+ population across Greater Manchester and beyond.

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