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‘Life saving’ New Vic Borderlines project to launch in Westminster

New Vic Borderlines is heading to Westminster to launch the national tour of a ground-breaking project which uses drama to highlight the issues surrounding forced marriage and ‘honour’ violence for the first time.

 

Newcastle-under-Lyme MP Paul Farrelly invited the award-winning programme from the New Vic, Staffordshire, to Westminster ahead of a national tour of the All Our Daughters? project.

Using the testimonies of real women from Stoke-on-Trent, 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.

Supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Forced Marriage Unit – a joint-initiative with the Home Office - All Our Daughters? is touring the country from Monday 25 February to Friday 15 March.

The drama was written 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. 

When it first toured Staffordshire in 2010, All Our Daughters? received praise from Metropolitan Police Detective Inspector Brent Hyatt and Nazir Afzal, a Director at the Crown Prosecution Service.

At the time Nazir Afzal said: “It is without doubt an enormously worthwhile project that I am sure will significantly contribute to saving lives.”

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.”

A Forced Marriage Unit spokeswoman said: “The Forced Marriage Unit welcomes the valuable work that the New Vic Theatre is doing to raise awareness of this issue and the expansion of the All Our Daughters? project through the national tour.”

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.

Susan Moffat added: “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.”

Confirmed tour dates are as follows -

28 February – 1 March    Derby Theatre, Derby

4 March    Everyman Theatre, Cheltenham

8 March    The Herbert Theatre, Coventry

15 March    Rich Mix, London

Further information about the tour is available by telephoning Alison Tinning on 01782 381368.

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