Powerful play sheds light on dark issue with true stories
FOLLOWING the recent success of Livingstone's Walk Against Domestic Violence, local residents will have another opportunity to raise awareness of the issue through a powerful new play coming to the Capricorn Coast.
It all begins with Love, from Bundaberg-based Creative Regions, will show at the Yeppoon Town Hall on Friday as part of a 17-town tour through October and November.
The production is the culmination of a three-year project and uses the direct experiences of victims and perpetrators through verbatim theatre.
It All Begins with Love centres on five women of various ages, each identified by number rather than name to suggest statistics.
The women tell stories of the domestic violence cycle and the silenced worlds in which they live.
Some of the characters are based directly on individual woman while others are amalgams of multiple women.
The play has been meticulously developed in partnership with a range of domestic and family violence service providers, including Relationships Australia and Uniting Care Community.
Creative Regions began working with Domestic Violence Forum members in Bundaberg through the Regional Stages Project (funded by Arts Queensland, Australia Council and Bundaberg Regional Council) to investigate how performing arts could be used as an intervention strategy for domestic violence issues.
Creative producer Rod Ainsworth interviewed a dozen people for the piece, including some male perpetrators. The interviews form the basis of a half-hour performance that Ainsworth hopes will lift the lid on domestic violence in small towns.
"The resolutions for the characters reflect those of the interviewees," he said.
"All women interviewed had managed to leave the relationship and most have a story of hope.
"The play is designed to reflect the 'light at the end of the tunnel' - especially given it is hoped the play will be used in education and counselling situations as a conversation starter."
WHERE: Yeppoon Town Hall.
WHEN: Friday, October 30, from 7.30pm.
TICKETS: Adults $10 and concession $5, available from the Keppel Coast Arts Council.
Bookings can be made on 4913 3857.