Not for the faint-hearted

The Girlfriend Experience, The Maltings, Berwick, Thursday, August 25 to Saturday, August 27, 7.30pm. Tickets £12, £8 conc.

PREPARE for a funny, touching and, above all, filthy evening based on the real-life conversations of four ladies of the night.

Writer Alecky Blythe spent months in a cosy basement brothel in Bournemouth recording many hours of conversation for this play which follows the prostitutes as they battle boredom, their regulars and the occasional demon with lots of warmth and optimism.

Director William Mickleburgh admits that it is a bit risque.

“I wanted to provide Northumberland with a great comedy. I wanted to make people laugh, I wanted to entertain.

“Why shouldn’t a Northumberland audience be just as open-minded and receptive to good comedy?

“Rather than backing off and saying better give them a classic, an Oscar Wilde, which would be patronising people that live here and I don’t want to do that.

“But it will be an eye-opener to anyone with prejudice.”

And the performance will be top-notch as well.

“I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to work with some very talented actresses,” he said.

“I couldn’t wish for a better cast and people that come to see it will remember it!”

The play, co-produced with The Maltings, is the debut performance of north Northumberland-based production company North See, founded by William and Kate Jamieson,

It came about when William collaborated with the Maltings’ creative director Dr Miles Gregory on a one-man show for the Edinburgh Festival.

William said: “I was very take aback by the professionalism of the man, the energy of the man and the incredible opportunity the North East has with the theatre houses in Berwick and Alnwick.

“I was encouraged to form a new professional company and utilise talent from within the region as well as without the region.

“I see it as much-needed for a rural community and for the local populus to see that there’s a local professional group looking to work with local professional actors and those that aspire to be professional actors.”