Drama highlights forced marriage issues

All%20Our%20DaughtersARTSBEAT DRAMA: New Vic Borderlines, the award-winning programme from the New Vic Theatre in Staffordshire, is coming to Derby with a ground-breaking project which uses drama to highlight the issues surrounding forced marriage and ‘honour’ violence.

Supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Forced Marriage Unit – a joint-initiative with the Home Office – All Our Daughters? will run at Derby Theatre from February 28 until March 1.

Using the testimonies of real women from the Stoke area, All Our Daughters? aims to increase understanding of forced marriage and so-called ‘honour’ violence so young people, teachers and other professionals are more able to spot tell-tale signs and help those who may be at risk.

All Our Daughters? is written and directed by Susan Moffat, director of New Vic Borderlines, the New Vic initiative which works with people at risk of being socially marginalised due to position, status, class or culture.

Writer and director, Susan Moffat said: “When All Our Daughters? first toured throughout Staffordshire and Stoke 12 forced marriage protection orders were taken out on behalf of young people, the youngest was a girl of just nine.

“Around 180 frontline professionals who attended the conference we delivered at the New Vic with our partners reported that they felt more confident about how to support people at risk.

“Being able to take this production out nationally will have an impact on the lives of many young people and families and will support communities in standing together to ensure that forced marriage and ‘honour- based’ violence is eradicated.”

The latest stage of the project will also include visits to schools and community venues as well as conferences for frontline professionals and community workers.

Tickets: £4, concessions £3.

For more information and to book tickets call the box office on 01332 593939 or visit http://www.derbytheatre.co.uk