Directed by Sally Hartley
The first round of the All England Theatre Festival (Western Area, Southern Division) is held at the Hanger Farm Arts Centre in Totton. Bench Theatre first entered the festival competition in 2006 and has been a regular contributor ever since.
The world's oldest profession becomes big business. As prostitution is legalised, a nervous first-timer decides to sample the no-longer-forbidden delights, only to discover that fears over litigation and health and safety have already taken their toll on the industry.
This one-act play was staged at the Hanger Farm Arts Centre, Totton as part of the first round of the All England Theatre Festival 2006 competition. It was first performed in 2005 at Havant Arts Centre as part of Bench Theatre's festival of new writing, Supernova3.
I tend to let ideas "brew" in my head for a while before I am able to commit them to paper. With Supernova 3 coming up, I knew I wanted to produce something for it, but I hadn't written anything for a while. The idea that had been brewing for about a year without going anywhere was something about the transaction between a prostitute and a customer. The simple question "What would happen if prostitution were legalised?" led to Customer Delight. It was fun to write, and a very good way to get back into the swing of writing. But I was sure the sketch wouldn't be selected because of some of the content. Imagine my surprise and trepidation when, not only was it accepted, but I found myself playing the part of the Customer!