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Preston group to perform domestic violence play in Falkland Islands

Posted on - 29th October, 2018 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Arts, Preston News
A performance of Lady In Red
A performance of Lady In Red

An award-winning play about domestic violence by a Preston acting group is to tour the Falkland Islands.

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Certain Curtain Theatre has won the contract to take its Lady In Red to the islands off the coast of Argentina.

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Commissioned by the Royal Falkland Islands Police the aim of the tour is to raise awareness about domestic abuse.

Claire Moore, who stars in the play, and her fellow crew members will fly out in October to deliver four performances.

The show is followed by after-show discussion workshops to explore the wider issues and make islanders aware of the support services available.

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Writer and director John Woudberg said: “Domestic violence is a global problem. 1 in 3 women worldwide have experienced either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence and yet it is grossly under-reported. Theatre is a great way to raise awareness and understanding.

“Lady in red explores one woman’s attempts to leave an abusive relationship and helps audiences understand how difficult it can be to escape domestic abuse.”

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Senior constable for the Royal Falkland Islands Police Alex Douglas said: “This is part of a bigger initiative that we are running in the Falkland Islands called ‘Know What’s Right’. We’re a tight knit community and we want to give people the encouragement to speak up if they themselves need help, or if they think there is a problem within their own immediate circle.

“I’m delighted we have been able to secure Certain Curtain Theatre for this invaluable work as their track record, expertise and reputation made them an excellent choice.”

Claire Moore plays the lead role in the play
Claire Moore plays the lead role in the play

Claire Moore said: “As part of the deal we will be filming a short scene so that we can reach the more rural parts of the community via television

“It’s the first time that this type of theatre has been performed in the Islands and we are over the moon to have been chosen. We’ve performed in Europe before, but this will be the further we have travelled and we are really excited about the tour. I am hoping we can get to see some of the beautiful wildlife while we are there too!”

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