PARK THEATRE- BULLET HOLE 02-27 October
Freedom Tongues & Naiad Productions
in association with Park Theatre
by Gloria Williams
Directed by Lara Genovese
Cast: Gloria Williams, Doreene Blackstock, Anni Domingo
*Photo C Naiad Photography
‘So I finally got my gift. Gifts are meant to be opened, right?’
A striking new piece of theatre, by Gloria Williams, inspired by real life events of UK women victims of FGM.
A story of hope, love and human rights played by an all-female cast.
Young Cleo was given her ‘gift’ at age seven – except that ‘gift’ left her with type 3 Female Mutilation.
How can Cleo love her body, when her husband brutally sexually assaults her? Finding strength after this hideous act, Cleo resolves to go against her family’s wishes and seek reversal surgery.
On her journey of healing, Cleo meets Eve, a fellow FGM survivor who is instantly drawn to her.
Will Cleo overcome her own struggles, empower Eve to stand against this traditional practice and stop women's unnecessary suffering?
A fight for love, hope and acceptance in a culture where a 'gift' can bear the ultimate price.
Played by an all-female cast, this piece shines a light on a violent act nested in our society which is a transgression of human/women/children's rights
- Shortlisted for the Alfred Fagon Audience Award 2017.
- Q&A on 10th and 18th of October. These will host anti FGM activists, charity leaders and NHS representatives
- The show is also connected to an anti FGM portrait exhibition presented at Park Theatre (Sep to Nov) #noFGM
This production is supported by the following Charities:
COUNCIL OF EX-MUSLIMS
SAFE HANDS FOR GIRLS
28 TOO MANY
NATIONAL FGM CENTRE
LA FRATERNITE GUINEÉNNE
GLOBAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO END FGM
THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES
02 - 27 Oct
MEET THE ACTRESSES
ANNI DOMINGO (Winnie)
Training – Rose Bruford College
Theatre includes - GONE WITH THE WIND at Drury Lane Theatre, London, Blood Wedding at Royal National Theatre, The Crucibleat Regent’s Park Open Air Theatre, YERMA andThe Children's Hour,at Manchester Royal Exchange, TARTUFFE and Suddenly Last Summer at Theatre Clywd, Mold, NO BOYS CRICKET CLUB at Theatre Royal, Stratford East, DR FAUSTUS and RAISIN IN THE SUN at Contact Theatre, To Kill A Mocking Bird at Edinburgh Lyceum Theatre, Tours of UK and America with, A WINTERS TALE, ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL, ROMEO AND JULIET, MACBETH, GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER .
Television includes - Rough Crossing, Kavanagh QC, Judge John Deed, Holby City, Casualty, The Wire, The Bill, Us Girls, Trust Me, Wire in the Blood, Ultra Violet, The Professionals, Grange Hill, I Claudius.
Director- WriteOn Company at ADC Theatre and Corpus Christi Playroom, Cambridge. Directed ILE LA WA by Tolu Agbelusi at Stratford Circus Arts Theatre, London.
DOREENE BLACKSTOCK (Eve)
Theatre includes: Distance (Park Theatre),Much Ado About Nothing (The Globe), Roundelay (Southwark Playhouse), Cymbeline, Hamlet, Noughts & Crosses (RSC), Antigone, Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (Pilot Theatre Company), Holloway Jones (Synergy Theatre Project), The Container (Young Vic Theatre), Any Which Way (Only Connect Theatre), One Under, The Gift (Tricycle Theatre), 25/7 (Talking Birds Theatre Company), Document Given To Me By a Young Lady from Rwanda (Ice & Fire Theatre Company), The Carver Chair (Contact Theatre), Leave Taking, Girlie Talk (Belgrade Studio), Rosie & Jim’s Big Adventure (Ragdoll Theatre Company), Leonora’s Dance (Black Theatre Co-operative).
TV and Film includes: Sex Education for Netflix 2019, Death in Paradise, The Child in Time, EastEnders, The Game, Silent Witness, Trinity, The Bill, Life Begins, Family Business, Wire in the Blood, Medics, Casualty, Holby City, Judge John Deed, Gimme GimmeGimme, Tom Jones, Common as Muck, Mm Hm, This Year’s Love.
GLORIA WILLIAMS (Cleo, Co Producer, Writer)
Training: Rose Bruford Drama School, New York Conservatory of Dramatic Film and Television
Theatre includes: Mules (White Bear Theatre), Medea (The Rose Theatre), Monday (Manhattan Repertory Theatre, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Samuel French Off Broadway Festival Lost One Act Play Festival: Winner of ‘Best Overall Production), Elefant (Soho Theatre; Playwrights apprenticeship), No More the wasted Breed (Collective Artists), You Me BUM BUM Train (Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust prize)
TV and Film includes: Hereafter, The Charlatans, The Freedom Project, Transhuman
MEET THE TEAM
LARA GENOVESE (Director-Co Producer-Designer-Photographer)
Founder of Naiad Productions and Director of this play. Lara's touching empathy for human rights informs the focus of her work.
She staged successfully ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST IN Hong Kong and donated a portion of the box office proceeds to a mental institution.
Lara has produced, directed and designed six shows, three of which were in Hong Kong. Her Master director series of short plays in London has also been very well received and collected good reviews. She has taken part in over 25 other theatre performances in
diverse roles. Her range of skills vary and are in support of each other leading to a well rounded concept vision when approaching any project.
She is also a photographer and will be taking the advertising/dress rehearsal shots for this play along with the ANTI FGM portrait exhibition photos.
RICKY MC FADDEN (DSM)
Ricky is a freelance professional DSM and has been working since 2013.
He graduated from the Stage Management and Technical Theatre course at
ALRA in July 2012 and also has experience in Sound and Set Construction.
ED CLARKE (Sound Designer)
Ed is a Sound Designer and composer working in Theatre and Live
Ed was nominated for the Sound Design Olivier Award for Frankenstein at the
National Theatre and combines work in the West End and on the large-scale
RAIJV PATTANI (Light Designer)
Rajiv is a professional light designer and also technical manager at Bush
He graduated from LAMDA 2014 studying Stage Management and Technical
EMMA ZADOW (Creative Assistant)
ROBERTO LANDI (Social Media Marketing)
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