Cash Point Meet by Niamh Murphy

Theatre (comedy, drama)

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  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Guideline)
  • Country: Ireland
  • Group: Obstreperous Young Ladies
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing themes, Scenes of a sexual nature, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing and discussion around suicide, sex, drugs and violence.
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  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years
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Emma and Sinéad know all that glitters isn't gold, but when given the opportunity to go from €3.99 wine to limos and Louboutins, maybe happiness is just a swipe away? Cash Point Meet follows two Irish women as they stumble into the world of sex work. What follows is a darkly comic exploration of labour rights and intimacy, spanning over a year in the lives of these women and the characters they encounter. This exciting debut by writer Niamh Murphy is a must-see for its timely themes, witty characters and honesty.

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Nic Lawton (co-founder of Expial Atrocious theatre company) 155 days ago

"I'm hopeful that we can change this world so that we don't have choices taken away from us."

I love a bit of relatable friendship drama. And I love a good script. This, for me, was a great example of both.
The beginning was very relatable as I'm sure we've all stood in a bathroom very awkwardly, waiting for people to leave. I also never thought about cleaning up sick as being intimate, but Emma (Niamh Murphy) is absolutely right. Weirdly.
There were lots of little details and comments that I'd never considered but I also completely agreed with. Niamh Murphy has written a fantastic script with great observations about everyday life, the grieving process, and what we'd do to make a living. This whole show is a bit of a powerful statement about us as people trying to get by, trying to live. What can we do to make money? Will the job make us happy? Isn't that the point of working? To do the jobs you wouldn't do unless you were getting paid for it? (That last question was a great point raised by Murphy, which literally made me stop for a second to consider it.)
This show also succeeds in raising awareness for s** workers and the dangers surrounding that industry. The characters explore what it means to be a s** worker, which another point I'd never considered. And when do we stop doing something when it becomes problematic? Should we keep going even when it's helping us out?
I really enjoyed how these questions and messages were portrayed, as it wasn't an education lesson, it didn't feel like a dull online lecture, it was fun and followed two young hopeful women just trying to survive. The overlapping dialogue between Emma and Sinead (Ava Hahessy Madigan) was slick, clever, and showed how close they are as friends. There were a lot of intimate character moments between the two girls that I feel, accurately depicted friends fighting for their rights, and friends on the verge of having a problem.
I also LOVED the synthwave soundtrack and glowing neon inserts to introduce the scenes. I think the episodic nature of this show really worked with the storyline and subject matter as it helped to show a passing of time and also felt a bit Brechtian when the audience were taken out of the deep emotional conversations, only to be reminded they're watching a show and not two girls crying in a nightclub and shouting about the patriarchy.
Overall, I really enjoyed the show, the outfits, the music and the narrative. The two young women involved did a fantastic job and this feels like the kind of show you'd put on at a female empowerment sleepover. It was informative and well-acted. Great job ladies!

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LouReviews (3.5/5 stars) 143 days ago

This is an important production which intrigues and provokes.

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