Play to challenge people’s views about domestic abuse

REDDITCH-based Jestaminute Community Theatre have created a new play which lifts the veil on the difficult subject of domestic abuse.

The play, An Angel Abroad, is touring venues across Worcestershire including the Palace Theatre and Bromsgrove’s Artrix.

The group, committed to working within the community, is being supported by grants from the National Lottery, through Arts Council England and Worcestershire County Council.

The performance explores the issue of power and control in close relationships.

To create the piece writer/director Andy Higgitt worked with a number of people who have all experienced domestic abuse.

He said: “Although we are not going to be telling one person’s true story, it is important that our work is authentic.

“Carrying out the research has been a real eye opener. We want this play to challenge people’s views about domestic abuse.”

Domestic abuse project worker, Gavin Shurvinton, added: “It is a very haunting performance that highlights the complexity of controlling abusive behaviours.

“The stories told are realistic and show how these issues can affect everyone and anyone.”

The play is in The Room Upstairs at the Palace theatre this Saturday, June 29.

Tickets and more information are available from 01527 65203 or online at redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk.

It is at the Artrix on June 30 with tickets for that show available from 01527 577330 or artrix.co.uk.

For any help or advice about domestic abuse, visit worcestershiredomesticandsexualabuse.co.uk or westmerciawomensaid.org.http://www.westmerciawomensaid.org

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