Although it may be summer (rain permitting) the work here at the NWG continues. Last Thursday I was delighted to travel to London to help two projects who are tackling child exploitation in different ways. Firstly I met with colleagues from The Key who are developing new safeguarding resources for schools that explore child sexual exploitation. These new resources are aimed at the whole school staff group and will feature a short video highlighting key themes that Primary and Secondary schools need to think about, followed by facilitated group discussions to further explore the themes that have been identified.This is where the real learning takes place and can help to embed the practical elements that all who work in schools need to know in order to help prevent exploitation occurring as well as knowing what to do if concerns are raised.
We are really pleased to be able to contribute towards this resource development and look forward to viewing the finished product when filming and editing is complete.
Secondly, I met with Daniel Cooper from the Park Theatre Company in Finsbury Park. The theatre company are producing a play exploring the dark world of child trafficking. The Weather Man runs from August 15th to September 14th at The Park Theatre, Clifford Terrace, London.
This is a disturbing topic to cover and credit has to go to the company for being brave enough to develop such a play. The story follows a child who has been trafficked into the country for the purpose of sexual exploitation and two unwitting flatmates who are confronted with a dark dilemma about what to do next.
The script is excellent, dark at times, but dispersed with comedy. The play brings to life the stark reality of life for children in London and across the UK who are routinely trafficked and abused. The theatre is a great medium for conveying messages to the public and Park Theatre have covered a very sensitive and difficult subject that many would feel uncomfortable exploring very well.
All too often people say “why don’t these children simply run away from thier abusers” the quote below from the play sums it up very well as many adults simply do not understand the immense power and control that traffickers have over children and the darkness that envelopes thier lives which they are often powerless to escape.
When it’s too dangerous to run away, the outlook for tomorrow becomes increasingly dark..”
Please see the attached flyer for the play and if you are in London during the period when it is on stage please do visit and support fringe theatre at its best.
THE WEATHERMAN by Eugene O’Hare
Directed by Alice Hamilton
The Weatherman is an unflinching look at humanity in all its murky complexity. Eugene O’Hare’s play season is a chilling tale that explores the underworld of human trafficking and child sexual exploitation in modern day Britain. The drama centres on Mara – a 12 year old Romanian girl who has been sex trafficked into the country. Her captor, known only as ‘Dollar’, entrusts her care to ‘Beezer’ and ‘O’Rourke’, two men who live on the fringes of society, struggling to make ends meet in a dingy London flat. Storms gather on the horizon as, powerless to help the child, the weight of a heavy conscience becomes too much to bear…
We sincerely hope that the production raises awareness amongst audiences by shining a light on a disturbing reality that too often goes hidden in plain sight.
The production will star Mark Hadfield, Niamh James, Alec Newman, Cyril Nri and David Schaal. This World Premiere is presented by Park Theatre in association with Anthology Theatre, Eilene Davidson and Featuristic Stage.
Video Content https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-weatherman
Show Info: Performances: Mon – Sat Evenings 7.30pm, Thu & Sat Matinees 3.00pm
Captioned: Tue 10 Sep 7.30pm
Age guidance: 16+
Running Time: 2 hours 15 mins approx. inc. interval
Venue: Park200, Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, N4 3JP
Prices: Previews £18.50, Standard £18.50 – £32.50, Concessions £16.50 – £23.50 Website: https://www.parktheatre.co.uk/whats-on/the-weatherman
Box office: 020 7870 6876*
*10% telephone booking fee, capped at £2.50 per ticket.
Park Theatre is a vibrant fringe theatre based in the diverse community of Finsbury Park, London. We present an exciting programme of plays and are committed to being a welcoming and inclusive venue for everyone. In six years, it has enjoyed five West End transfers, two National Theatre transfers, ten national tours, four Olivier Award nominations, has won Offie Awards for Best New Play and Best Foodie Experience and won a Theatre of the Year award from The Stage.
Without public subsidy from Arts Council or other regular institutional funding we have to raise in excess of £300,000 each year in order to operate. We do this through individual giving campaigns, innovative fundraising events and support from grant-giving bodies.