Co-created by Bella Quinn, Carmen Ali, Maedb Joy and Megan Prescott
Written by Bella Quinn, Maedb Joy and Megan Prescott
Friday 17 February - Saturday 25 February 2023
Studio at VAULT Festival 2023
Chosen family, queer love, and making ends meet in a cost of living crisis. Stripped! is a theatre-cabaret show about sex worker rights in a society that tells us it’s okay to use sex to sell anything but actual sex.
Devised from real life experiences, Stripped! follows Maia’s first shift at the club as she attempts to make enough money to save up and leave her abusive relationship.
Stripped! is a piece of fierce, bold and feminist theatre that reflects the reality of existing as a sex worker in the current political climate, the sisterhood of the strip club, and the ways in which we organise in the face of exploitative bosses, strip club closures, and oppressive legislation.
"Stripped! is fucking phenomenal, 5/5 stars and you should absolutely make time to go see it, especially if you're new to revolutionary hooker politics."
- Polyester Zine
Cast and Creative Team
Bella Violet Quinn
Bella Violet Quinn is a writer, artist and performer. She is co-founder of Queer Whore Collective and sex worker writing platform Whores Handbags, featured on NovaraFM and Sara Pascoe's Sex Power Money. Bella's writing has been published in QT Literary Magazine, Playing with Fire, Truth and Lies anthology, Bloody Good Period as well as two self-compiled zines, Whore Stories and How to Talk to Sex Workers, currently in the Institute of Contemporary Arts, Tate St Ives and The Vagina Museum.
Carmen Ali is a stand-up comedian, actor, burlesque performer, and writer. She is a co-organiser at socialist strip club Cybertease.
She has been commissioned by Guildhall School of Music & Drama, and Bishopsgate Institute. In 2021 she was selected to be part of Soho Comedy Plus Labs and in 2022 she wrote and performed an original solo work in progress stand-up show at A Pinch of VAULT Festival in July 2022.
Maedb Joy is a poet, actor, writer and theatre maker. She trained at Guildhall School of Music and Drama and was nominated for the Evening Standard Future Theatre Fund.
She is the Artistic Director of Sexquisite Events. She has been commissioned by Guildhall, The Barbican and Bishopsgate, co-devised various theatre productions, and written and performed an original one woman play at A Pinch of VAULT in July 2022.
Megan Prescott is an actor, writer, and director who starred as Katie Fitch in Channel Four drama ‘Skins’. Megan completed a directing course at the National Film and Television School and previously worked for Balloon Entertainment. Megan was awarded a place on Soho Theatre’s Writers Lab in 2020 as well as a place on The Bush Theatre’s West London Playwright’s Group. Megan is a board member of National Ugly Mugs, a UK-wide charity that provides support services to people in adult industries.
Rachel lemon is a theatre director, facilitator and teacher.
Previous work as director includes: Bottom (Summerhall/Soho Theatre/UK tour), Belly Up (Turbine Theatre), Nora: A Dolls House (Rose Bruford). As associate/assistant director work includes: Romeo and Juliet (The Globe), Poet in da Corner (Royal Court).
Sammy J Glover
Sammy J Glover is a theatre maker specialising in queer and experimental work at the intersection of storytelling and community-rooted experiences. They are a Mentor Director for Connections, National Theatre, Facilitator at Synergy Theatre Project in London and former Targeted Work Associate Director at the Lyric Hammersmith (2021), Resident Director at the Almeida Theatre (2020) and Associate Director at The Big House Theatre (2018). They have just finished researching with an Arts Council DYCP Grant to develop an Industry wide Intersectional and Accessible Theatre Practice guide for directors and buildings and currently directing a show for the Ferment Scheme (Bristol Old Vic) and for the HOTTER project.
Michelle Alise (she/her) is a multidisciplinary artist in theatre and film. After growing up in Colorado, she pursued her BFA in Drama at The New School before hopping across the Atlantic to study filmmaking at the London Film School. She is incredibly excited to be back working in theatre as the video designer
Abigail Glasser is a singer, composer and multi-disciplinary theatre-maker. She graduated from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama with a BA in Performance and Creative Enterprise. Since graduating she has focused on devising and performing original musical theatre as well as facilitation with young people. She currently works as a Lead Artist for youth theatre Company Three, gigs regularly and is working on a solo musical about the internet. This is her first role as sound designer.
Stacey is a lighting designer and creative based in North London
Ashleigh Rose-Harman is a writer, facilitator and producer. She co-founded an artist collective for sex workers and has writing published in Polyester Zine, as well as two self-compiled zines which were shown in the Institute of Contemporary Arts and Tate St Ives.
She works specifically with artists from queer and working class backgrounds, and aims to create opportunities for sex workers to explore their experiences through art. She previously worked for Clean Break Theatre Company. She is currently working on producing an exhibition of sex worker art and is co-writing a play that examines the value of touch.
Riley Xiao is a recent graduate from University of the Arts London with a degree in BA Culture, Criticism and Curation. Her practice focuses on amplifying thevoices of marginalised communities through curatorial activism and engaging with social movements such as feminism and sexuality. As an assistant producer in this project, Riley is eager to gain more experience in theatre production and to continue her passion of promoting social justice through the arts.