The world of sex workers laid bare

THE sexually explicit play Money Maker, which is already a commercial success, is guaranteed to attract audiences back to the Market Theatre in Newtown, Joburg.

THE sexually explicit play Money Maker, which is already a commercial success, is guaranteed to attract audiences back to the Market Theatre in Newtown, Joburg.

Money Makeropens at the Market Theatre on November 4 for a two-week run. It is a gripping story that explores the world of sex workers and what they go through.

It is told through the life of a mother who left rural Mpumalanga in search of a better life in the City of Gold and finds the going tough.

Since its premiere in July at the Grahamstown Arts Festival the show has been a runaway success, with several shows in North West, Free State and Gauteng.

Its popularity has seen it attract full-house audiences everywhere it has performed. Its writer, Julian Seleke-Mokoto, says Money Maker is a simple product to sell.

Though many people might be going to the theatres just to enjoy the hard-core lingo and sexually explicit scenes, there is a strong message behind the play.

Seleke-Mokoto says: "I have come to realise that in the theatre people want something they can relate to. Fortunately, Money Maker has that. It educates and entertains theatre lovers."

He says he is trying to show that sex workers do not choose to sell their bodies but are forced to because of circumstances.

Money Maker has been a money-spinner too.

"Many theatres have been struggling because of the recession," Seleke-Mokoto says. "Money Maker has been able get audiences back. Whether you like it or not, people will always want to see it. It is easy to market."

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