The Survivors project has grown out of a collaboration between the inclusive theatre company Chickenshed and South Gwynedd Domestic Abuse Service (GDAS) through a Theatre Production Development Fund grant from the Arts Council of Wales to support the development of a theatre piece inspired by the experiences of a group of women in contact with the South Gwynedd Domestic Abuse Service.
Dave Carey and Christine Nearing from Chickenshed’s creative team, along with two of the company’s actors, worked intensively with a group of clients and staff from GDAS, drawing out stories and themes and transforming them into a theatre production. The workshops were intense and inspirational, and the emerging piece titled in the absence of silence was staged at the Chickenshed Theatre in North London in May 2016.
Image in the absence of silence: co-produced with Creu Cymru, Chickenshed and developed with South Gwynedd Domestic Abuse Services
Creu Cymru is delighted to be receiving a People and Places grant of £239,143 from The Big Lottery to extend the Survivors project over a period of two years from September 2016. The Survivors project will continue the partnership with Chickenshed to deliver the work in seven communities around Wales – partnering Chickenshed with regional theatre venues and support organisations, to work with individuals who have experienced domestic abuse, in a series of workshops and intensive creative sessions over a 24-month period. The in the absence of silence production will also tour regional theatres in Wales as part of the project, to tell the stories of the women involved in the project.
The Survivors project was recently showcased on BBC Breakfast. See the piece here http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-36273678
For further information, please contact:
Creu Cymru: Bruce Whitear, Project Manager – BruceWhitear@bwcwales.co.uk
Creu Cymru: Deborah Keyser, Director – firstname.lastname@example.org / 07778 732083
Chickenshed: Susan Jamson, Press & PR – email@example.com / 07736 956662 / 020 8216 2733