Preston’s longest running professional theatre company – Certain Curtain Theatre – has won a major contract to tour the Falkland Islands. Commissioned by the Royal Falkland Islands Police to raise awareness about domestic abuse and to 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 running in the Falkland Islands called ‘Know What’s Right’. As a tight knit community 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. Their track record, expertise and reputation made them an excellent choice.”
Certain Curtain flew out to the Islands to deliver four performances of LADY IN RED. The play includes an after-show discussion 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. Yet, we know 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. It helps audiences understand how difficult it can be to escape domestic abuse.”
“As part of the deal we filmed a short scene which means we can reach the more rural parts of the community via television.
We are over the moon to have been chosen. It’s the first time that this type of theatre has been performed on the Islands. We have toured the UK regularly and performed in Europe before, but this is the farthest we have travelled. It was wonderful to see the beautiful wildlife and even a couple of penguins too!”Claire Moore