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Play puts spotlight on domestic abuse

By Harriet Evans | Wolverhampton | Theatre & Comedy | Published:

A hard-hitting play came to Wolverhampton to put the spotlight on domestic abuse.

John Babb with Lynn and Dave Morris from Journeymen Theatre

While people across the world were celebrating Valentine’s Day, Wolverhampton Quakers and Journeymen Theatre Group joined forced to deliver the thought-provoking production, Rock and a Hard Place.

The play tells the true story of a teenage girl who finds herself in the cycle of abuse, from which there seems no escape.

It also highlights the impact of funding cuts of refuges and support available to women in this situation.

All the money raised from this event will support women and children at The Haven Wolverhampton.

The performance on Friday, February 14 raised £180 for the charity to continue to offer vital services to those in the community fleeing from abuse.

The Haven previously partnered with Journeymen theatre back in October as part of domestic abuse awareness month to bring the production to Wolverhampton.

Lynn Morris, co-director of Journeymen Theatre described the production as ‘theatre of witness’ working in ‘both a privileged and responsible position’ to confront an issue shrouded in shame and secrecy.

She said their work is produced to make as much of an impact as possible and aims to raise awareness of the signs of domestic abuse as well as bringing attention to financial cuts which have impacted so negatively on the support available.

John Babb, from Wolverhampton Quakers partnered with the theatre company to help raise vital awareness in Wolverhampton.

He said: “Quakers have a commitment to peace - but not just peace and ending war, but about how people treat each other. This play demonstrates how far we still have to go before people treat each other the way we should and they way individuals deserve.”

Harriet Evans

By Harriet Evans
Community Reporter - @HarrietEvans_ES

Community Reporter at the Express & Star, covering the issues affecting young people across the Black Country and Staffordshire. Contact me at harriet.evans@expressandstar.co.uk

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