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Award winning drama highlights impact of domestic abuse

25 March, 2015

A GROUND-breaking drama tackling the issue of domestic abuse and its impact on children is set to be performed in Lancashire thanks to the county’s Police and Crime Commissioner.

Clive Grunshaw has given Certain Curtain Theatre Company £2,200 from his Community Action Fund to fund their powerful play, “Mockingbird High”, which is set to be performed at Morecambe Bay Primary School today (Wednesday, March 25).

The Preston-based company’s drama looks at the far reaching effects of domestic violence on families, and shows the story of two teenagers who put their mother on trial for neglect and abuse.

The play is aimed at those working with children and young people in the county, and Claire Moore, who plays the teenager’s mother, said: “This is a mesmerising, lyrical exploration of the devastating impact of domestic violence on young people and family relationships.

“We operate without any revenue funding, and support from the Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner, as well as partner agencies Empowerment and Poulton Children’s Centre, has been invaluable.

“We hope to build on this and give more young people across Lancashire and beyond access to the performance.”

As well as today’s event, the company also plan to take the drama into two schools to raise awareness of domestic violence.

The Commissioner said: “I am committed to raising awareness of the issues around domestic abuse, and highlighting the far-reaching consequences it can have.

“It is vital that those working with young people understand the impact living in an abusive home can have on children and teenagers, and I am delighted to have been able to support this project.”

For more information on the Certain Curtain Theatre Company visit www.cctheatre.co.uk.

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