Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Twiggy: On the Oldest Profession

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Twiggy: On the Oldest Profession

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Byline: By Gordon Barr

High-class hookers, dodgy food, indigestion and love - Twiggy bares all in an interview with Showbusiness Reporter, Gordon Barr

Model, actress, singer - there's little Twiggy hasn't accomplished over the past 30 years.

She's seen it all - from catwalk cattiness to the bright lights of Broadway. Little could surely faze her.

But now, aged 53, she's opened a new chapter by touring the country, playing a society prostitute in a new production of George Bernard Shaw's Mrs Warren's Profession, at Newcastle's Theatre Royal on Tuesday.

First written in 1893, but banned until 1925, the provocative comedy was considered too controversial for the English stage and at its first American airing, in 1905, the cast were arrested.

Although Mrs Warren was born in poverty, her daughter Vivie has enjoyed a comfortable upbringing and a Cambridge education. But Vivie's life is turned upside down when a mother-daughter collision reveals that her respectable lifestyle is supported by the proceeds of a chain of brothels.

Surely the premise is now a little outdated. Twiggy thought so - until a few weeks ago. At a post-show discussion in Cambridge, the audience suggested it too.

Then a lawyer said she had a client who was a high-class prostitute and who, through her earnings, put her daughter through top schools and university and had her living in a grand manner.

Twiggy takes up the story: "Now the girl is a young woman and the mum fears she will start asking where the money comes from and is worried about how she is going to tell her.

"Everyone in the cast was astounded. We would never have thought it a problem these days."

She is having a great time playing Mrs Warren. "To be honest, when (director) Peter Hall rings and asks you to play Mrs Warren, you don't say no. I've wanted to work with Peter for years. …

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