Fermanagh Community Safety Partnership in conjunction with Sole Purpose Productions is bringing a new production ‘Every Move You Make’ to Fermanagh.
This new play follows the ups and downs of a young woman's relationship as it goes from being near perfect to becoming an impossible nightmare. The production explores the issue of abusive relationships among young people.
The storyline will focus on a teenage girl ‘Jenni’ as she approaches her 16th birthday. Her new boyfriend will be there. He is so sweet, he really cares for her, that's why he is always checking her texts and calling her up, following her every move on facebook, he just wants to know she is safe, doesn't he? But will Jenni stay safe? Can she distinguish between being caring and being controlling?
Councillor Alex Baird, Chairman of Fermanagh Community Safety Partnership, said:
“This production has a very compelling story of a young girl’s emotional trauma and will be of particular interest to those young people who saw ‘Just a Wee Taste’ production last November. Some young people and parents will be able to identify with the story line while others can sympathise with the young girl’s dilemma and it is hoped that the production will stimulate debate among the audience and further afield”.
Developed in consultation with NSPCC and Youth Action NI Safe and Sound Project, ‘Every Move you Make’ is a reworking for a younger audience of Sole Purpose Production’s highly successful play on domestic violence, ‘Don’t Say a Word’. With recent research conducted by the NSPCC showing that a quarter of 13-17 year old girls had experienced physical violence from a boyfriend and a third had been pressurised into sexual acts they did not want, Sole Purpose Productions felt that it was important to produce a play that young people can identify with.
The play will deliver a number of messages that relate to the abusive relationships among young people. The messages the play will deliver will include:
- The positives and negatives of the Internet and use of social media such as Facebook for young people
- Issues around self respect and self esteem, the emotional and psychological effects of abusive relationships, including the links between cyber bullying and depression, self harm, suicide and anti social behaviour
- The effect of cyber bullying on school work – loss of motivation for subjects young people are interested in and good at, loss of talents
- Issues for parents and the tactics of an online predator
The Chairman concluded:
“Fermanagh Community Safety Partnership is committed to raising awareness of abusive relationships and this play is part of a wider programme supported by the Partnership. Admission is free but as places are limited I would encourage people to contact the Community Safety Project Officer in order to reserve a place”.
A questions and answer panel discussion will take place immediately after the play which will provide audience members with the opportunity to put forward questions or concerns which they may have as a result of watching the play. Panel members responding to the questions will include Helena Bracken (Nexus Institute), Denise Quinn (Women’s Aid, Children’s Services Co-ordinator), Gemma Walker (actress) and Patricia Byrne (Sole Purpose Productions). The discussion will be facilitated by Councillor Alex Baird (Chairman of Fermanagh CSP). Audience members will have the opportunity to put forward questions or concerns which they may have as a result of the performance.
Fermanagh Community Safety Partnership will host this play on Monday 26th March 2012 at 7:00pm in the Ardhowen Theatre, Enniskillen. Admission is FREE of charge however booking is advisable. Please contact the Project Officer on 028 663 25050 ext.1225 or [email protected] to reserve your seat. *Please note the play is suitable only for young people over the age of 14 years.