Italian actress and writer, Greta Zampi has created an incredibly engaging show in Temporarily Yours that is thought-provoking and emotional theatre at its best.
Thought-provoking and emotional theatre at its best
Based on true stories from different prostitutes and in part adapted from two monologues by Concita De Gregorio created from the blog of an escort. Greta began by thoroughly doing her homework and interviewing real life escorts, taking down their stories and turning them into theatrical tales which she performs very naturalistically.
The show is in essence a selection of interwoven stories from different sex workers, ranging from the high class escort who has her own secretary and a poor unfortunate girl who works from the side of the road. Greta deals with her subject beautifully and creates a show which is factual, emotional, full of character and at times distressing. The show is important as it highlights the perils of sex workers, breaks through misconceptions of women who work in this field and ultimately makes us challenge our own opinions on the subject.
Greta has created a human story that shines a light on a subject often regarded as taboo and presents it in such a human way that it easily brings a tear to the eye. Right from the moment she steps on stage we are in her world and will follow her to the end without question. This may not be easy viewing, but it is a production that should be seen. Greta is using art to make a difference in this world and we could do with more works like this.
The simple set design of a few props and costumes allows us to enter this world fully, but never detracts from the realism of the characters. At points Greta draws audience members into the performance as characters coming to see her sex workers. By making us clients she brings us into her world. It’s a harrowing story, that flows by virtue of the quality of the writing and the level of performance
She is believable and human and plucks at our heart strings effortlessly. This is a wonderful production and highly recommended.