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10 – 12 September

Little Stitches

Little Stitches

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Box office: 020 7229 0706

BAREtruth Theatre Company announces the world première of Little Stitches, an evening of four plays each tackling the subject of female genital mutilation (FGM).  More than 140 million women and girls worldwide have suffered FGM and, although the huge majority of victims live in Africa and certain Middle Eastern and Asian countries, the number of cases in the UK is on the rise. An estimated 137,000 women in Britain are living with the consequences of FGM and more than 20,000 girls under the age of 15 thought to be at risk each year. However, despite FGM being criminalised in the UK nearly 30 years ago, there has only been two prosecutions.
 
BAREtruth brings together four writers, Bahar BruntonKaris E HalsallIsley Lynn and Raul Quiros Molina to explore the human stories behind the statistics.  In addition, the company will engage with communities affected by FGM by performing readings of the plays for free in local libraries around London.   

A programme of post show talks will accompany performances, featuring Psychotherapist and Lead Campaigner Leyla Hussein. Leyla is the winner of Cosmopolitan Ultimate Campaigner Women of the Year Award 2010 and also winner of the Emma Humphrey Award based on her work on FGM and violence against women/children. 

WHERE DO I START?

By Raul Quiros Molina
 
An activist with over twenty years’ experience of FGM, a charity worker who’s worked in several countries in Africa and a mid-wife who helps survivors in London discuss what can and can't be done to prevent FGM worldwide. But the voice of Felicity, a victim from Somalia living in London, can explain what it’s like beyond the facts and the figures.  Where Do I Start? is a verbatim play extracted from the real testimonies of nurses, survivors, activists and teachers.
 

DANCING FEET

By Bahar Brunton
 
Two women celebrate a child’s leap into womanhood. They could get the party started if the girl would just smile.


SLEIGHT OF HAND

By Isley Lynn
 
How well do you know your neighbours?  If something unspeakable was happening next door, would you know about it?  And what would you do if you found out?


MUTANT

By Karis E Halsall
 
Like any other 14 year old, Safa has big plans for her summer holidays. But in a world where she has no voice, tradition threatens to cripple her. Years later a Doctor has to face up to the consequences of his actions.
 Mutant examines choice within a cultural hegemony, and the devastating effects when people are denied one. 
 
 

Book Tickets

10 - 12 September, 7.30pm
 
★★★★
"Piercingly eloquent."
The Independent

★★★★
"Impressively absorbing."
The Times

★★★★

"A thought-provoking, artistically valid selection of short plays."
Evening Standard

"Sheds light on a handful of the complex issues surrounding this disturbing practice."
Time Out

 
Karis E Halsall graduated from both the Royal Court’s Young Writer’s Programme and their Invitation Only group in 2008. In 2009 she was selected by the Court alongside 10 other writers to take part in their ‘Supergroup’ of young writers. Her writing credits include Time’s Up (Bush Theatre Beano), HELP, You Can’t Buy Toy Soldiers Anymore (The Old Red Lion), The Bizarre Bazaar (Hightide Festival), The Killing Moon (Labfest, Theatre503), The Woman who Stops and Talks to Prostitutes (PLAYList @ Theatre503), Phantom (Theatre 503), Rule Brutannia (Nabokov, Present Tense @ The Southwark Playhouse), Do Us Part (For the Heat and Light Company @ the Hampstead), Terror Tales (Drywrite @ Hampstead Theatre), Finelines (Hampstead Theatre Startnight). 
Isley Lynn is a graduate of the Royal Court Young Writers Programme (2012) and Royal Court Invitation Studio Group (2013), and was a Creative Associate of the Soho Theatre Young Company from 2011-2012. Lynn received Special Commendation from the 2012 Soho Young Writers Award and her first full-length play Lean ran at the Tristan Bates in 2013. Other plays include Skin a Cat which was showcased as part of the Ideas Tap Takeover: Love (Rich Mix).  She is currently on commission to Lost Stock and A Friend of a Friend theare companies, was selected for the young writer programmes at the Lyric and the NT Studio, and is currently a member of the Orange Tree Writers Collective.  
Bahar Brunton’s plays include The Highwayman (Edinburgh Fringe Festival) and Sofka (The Calder Bookshop and Theatre). Bahar also is the author of several short stories, one of which, Earthly Creatures, was shortlisted for the 2010 London Short fiction award. She has had eight stories published online by Ether Books.  Her latest play, an adaptation of Aristophanes’ Wealth, is scheduled to be produced in the late summer of 2014.
Raul Quiros Molina is the author of several plays in Spanish and English, including The Last Hour of Antigone (Camden People's Theatre, London) and Springtime (Greenwich Theatre). 

10 – 12 September

Little Stitches

Little Stitches

Book Tickets

Box office: 020 7229 0706