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The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience

By Alecky Blythe
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854595263, 96 pages, September 2008



A true-life play about friendship, heartbreak and business enterprise... in a seaside brothel.

Tessa has set up a business: a brothel where mature women specialise in offering the 'Girlfriend Experience', a surprisingly caring and sympathetic service.

As the women stoically strive to make a living in a competitive market, their personal lives start to crumble. Will they ever have loving relationships outside work and enjoy being girlfriends themselves?

The Girlfriend Experience continues the verbatim-theatre technique Alecky Blythe developed in Come Out Eli and Cruising The play is created entirely from conversations recorded inside an actual brothel, edited and replicated on stage in all their uncanny verisimilitude.


"Poignant, sometimes disturbing, often riotously funny"

- The Times

"Funny, touching and absolutely filthy... a hugely entertaining eye-opener of a show"

- Telegraph

"These women aren't patronised or made into gargoyles: their sentences are gorgeous. They simply reveal their lives. What more could you want from the theatre?"

- Observer