Preston Theatre Company to launch Royal Falkland Islands domestic abuse initiative!

Preston’s longest running professional theatre company – Certain Curtain Theatre – has won a major contract to tour the Falkland Islands with one of their award winning plays: LADY IN RED. Commissioned by the Royal Falkland Islands Police, the aim of the tour is to raise awareness about domestic abuse as well as provide a vital training opportunity for staff working in front line services.

Alex Douglas, Senior Constable for the Royal Falkland Islands Police, explains: “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.”

Certain Curtain will fly out to the Islands in October to deliver four performances and return in November. The play will be accompanied by after-show discussion workshops to explore the wider issues, with support services on hand to offer advice and information.

“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.” says John Woudberg, writer and director. “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.”

“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” adds Clare Moore, who plays the lead role. “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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Cwmbran Company to the rescue

In October we were targeted, by a gang of thieves, on our way home from a performance in Hull, Yorkshire. Lighting and electrical equipment that will cost them £6,000 to replace, was taken, from our company vehicle whilst we stopped to stretch their legs near Leeds.

"We were absolutely devastated" says writer, John Woudberg, "They've basically stolen our livelihood. We parked at a retail village, near Leeds, to stretch our legs. The gang of men pulled up beside us. We thought they were workmen, so thought nothing of it. We returned minutes later, to find they'd drilled out the driver's side lock and taken everything of any value."

We are a small not-for-profit company and operate without any revenue funding. We have been touring Britain and abroad, for nearly thirty years, with our own unique brand of drama, raising awareness of domestic violence and its causes and other important social issues - taking professional theatre to schools and community venues and it's important for us to be able to turn non-theatre spaces into a theatre - lighting is a big part of that.

"We'd had an amazing response to our performance of 'Lady In Red'," says actor Claire Moore, "so we were on a real high, coming home. We thought we were going to have to cancel bookings in the run up to Christmas – something we have never done and then Eaton came to the rescue. They kindly offered us the use of a Zero 88 lighting desk and dimmer packs to help us out whilst we try to raise funds to replace what we need. Their help and kindness certainly helps to restore our faith in human kind and has enabled us to perform to over 1000 people who we wouldn’t have been able to reach without their support. I cannot thank them enough!”

"We were really sorry to hear about the robbery" said Jon Hole, Product Manager for Zero 88 “The company do valuable work in communities across the UK using Zero 88 products, we are more than happy to help them out and wish them all the best in their fund-raising efforts.”

Anyone wishing to support our fund-raising efforts to replace equipment can make a donation online: https://www.paypal.me/cctheatre

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