debbie tucker green’s trade is a play about female sex tourism. It was first performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the 2005 New Work Festival in the Swan Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon, on 25 October 2005. (An earlier version of the play was performed by the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the 2004 New Work Festival at The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon, in October 2004, and Soho Theatre, London, in March 2005).
On a circle of sand under a beating sun, three women are at odds: the Local, whose trade is plaiting tourists' hair; the Regular, a reserved older British woman who returns once a year for two weeks with a local man whose way she pays; and the Novice, a young woman on her first Caribbean jaunt looking for sun and sex.
The 2005 Royal Shakespeare Company production was directed by Sacha Wares and designed by Miriam Buether, with Lorna Brown as the Local, Nadine Marshall as the Novice and Tanya Moodie as the Regular. (In the 2004 RSC production, also directed by Sacha Wares, the Local was played by Noma Dumezweni, the Novice by Karen Bryson and the Regular by Claire Benedict.)