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Domestic Abuse Stirring The Catholic Community

Further to the recent highly successful performance by Dirty Footprints Theatre Company of 'The Best Kept Secret' at the Catholic Church’s Domestic Abuse Awareness Launch in the South East this is about reactions of the audience + the launch event.

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Domestic Abuse Awareness Launch 21.09.11 (small)
Domestic Abuse Awareness Launch 21.09.11 (small)
PRLog (Press Release) - Nov. 2, 2011 - “HARROWING”       “MOVING”      “THOUGHT PROVOKING”      “REALISTIC”

Domestic Abuse Stirring The Catholic Community

Dirty Footprints Theatre Company
Presents
The Best Kept Secret

Performed at the The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton Domestic Abuse Awareness Launch
on Wed, 21st September at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Guildford, Surrey

When Dirty Footprints Theatre Company were approached by The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton (http://www.dabnet.org) in Spring to perform ‘The Best Kept Secret’ at the Catholic Church Domestic Abuse Awareness Launch event in Guildford this Autumn, little did anyone realise just how much of an impact the theatre company’s performance would make!

Rt. Rev Kieran Conry, Bishop of Arundel and Brighton and members of local parishes as well as representatives from Surrey County Council; local charities such as Womens’ Aid and Witness Services and members of the Public Protection Investigation Unit at Surrey Police attended the event which was aimed at the local community to promote the Catholics Experiencing Domestic Abuse Resources website www.cedar.uk.net.

Feedback from the audience was that the scenes of various aspects of Domestic Abuse performed were stirring, moving, realistic, intense, harrowing and above all thought provoking; which is exactly  the aim of ‘The Best Kept Secret’; namely to encourage people to think of anyone who they believe may have experienced/is experiencing Domestic Abuse and to help them regain control of their own lives because no one should suffer in silence.

SEE PHOTO TITLED 'Domestic Abuse Awareness Launch 21.09.11'
From left to right: Rt. Rev Kieran Conry, Katherine Bergin, Ela Kulikowski, Liliane Branca, Beverley Pass, Libby Hannelle, Maria Edwards and Trudi Turner

The two hour long event began with a performance of some of the scenes of ‘The Best Kept Secret’, followed by an introduction to the event by Philip Wright, Safeguarding Officer for The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton who was joined by colleague Katherine Bergin.

Beverley Pass, CEO of local Domestic Abuse support charity ‘Your Sanctuary – for a life without fear’ then gave a presentation about what the charity has to offer as well other agency resources, and some frighteningly real statistics from the annual British Crime Survey, such as the fact that “1 in 4 women (28%) and 1 in 6 men (16%) had experienced any domestic abuse (any emotional, financial or physical abuse, sexual assault or stalking by a partner or family member) since the age of 16. These figures are equivalent to an estimated 4.5 million female victims of domestic abuse and 2.6 million male victims.” (Source from the 2008/2009 report titled “Homicides, Firearm Offences and Intimate Violence”).

Then Ela Kulikowski, Team Manager from the ‘Children and Young People’s Strategic Partnership’ at Surrey County Council, spoke about how the centres in Surrey that support children and young people who have experienced Domestic Abuse which have doubled in number in the past 3 years. Ela also advised how her team works closely with local charities and agencies as well as Surrey Police to provide support and follow up on referrals, which mostly come from Surrey Police (70% of 1,000’s). However many Domestic Abuse incidents still remain unreported.

Finally Trudi Turner and Maria Edwards from the Public Protection Investigation Unit at Surrey Police started their presentation with the Surrey Police definition of Domestic Abuse:
"Any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional), between adults aged 18 and over who are or have been intimate partners, or are family members, regardless of gender and sexuality."
Trudi and Maria then went on to explain what Surrey Police priorities are and methods to provide support to those suffering Domestic Abuse. Their priorities are to protect lives of vulnerable adults, children and unborn babies; to investigate reports and to facilitate effective solutions. Current methods of Surrey Police to identify risk factors of Domestic Abuse include a framework survey titled “DASH Report” that has been rolled out in partnership with CAADA (co-ordinated action against domestic abuse (http://www.caada.org.uk) as well as working closely with the council, local agencies and charities to protect anyone any suffering Domestic Abuse.

All in all, the Domestic Abuse Awareness Launch had the desired effect and has brought out many previously unconsidered thoughts and reactions to this delicate subject and it is hoped that with the help of local authorities, charities, agencies and parish members, the audiences will be able to seek help should they / family member / friend be in such a terrifying situation.

Dirty Footprints Theatre Company would like to thank Philip Wright and Katherine Bergin, Safeguarding Officers for The Diocese of Arundel & Brighton for welcoming them into the Catholic Church community and to all audience members for their honest and encouraging feedback.

‘The Best Kept Secret’ was originally commissioned by Sussex Police Authority in 2004 and has been performed at local public and private schools to encourage a different way of learning and help the government initiative to introduce the subject of Domestic Violence to young people as part of the PSHE course of the Core Curriculum. All the scenes are based on real life case studies and through research carried out by Libby and Liliane.
For more details about ‘The Best Kept Secret’, please contact Dirty Footprints Theatre Company either by phone 07966 799448 or by E-mail at info@dirtyfootprints.com. Follow us on http://www.twitter.com/DFPTheatre

ENDS 02/11/11

Dirty Footprints Theatre Company is based in East Sussex and was formed by Libby Hannelle & Liliane Branca in 1995. Libby and Liliane both trained at the Drama Studio in London and ever since then have been involved in Theatre in Education (TIE), film, and various West End productions.
The Best Kept Secret TIE project was originally sponsored by the Sussex Police Authority in 2004. They have also worked with The Original Shakespeare Company and performed both at the Old Globe and the New Globe, as well as staging their own ‘Poesy’ performances of Shakespearean Sonnets. In 2008 and 2009 they ran very well received educational Shakespeare Workshops for adults in Seaford, East Sussex and in 2010 performed an abridged version of Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ote Hall Farm in Wivelsfield.
Should you wish to find out how to book Libby & Liliane for ‘The Best Kept Secret’, Shakespeare Workshops or a new TIE project, please get in touch by phone 07966 799448 or by E-mail at info@dirtyfootprints.com. Follow us on Twitter http://www.twitter.com/DFPTheatre.

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Dirty Footprints Theatre Company is based in East Sussex and was formed by Libby Hannelle & Liliane Branca in 1995. Libby and Liliane both trained at the Drama Studio in London and ever since then have been involved in Theatre in Education (TIE), film, and various West End productions.
The Best Kept Secret TIE project was originally sponsored by the Sussex Police Authority in 2004. They have also worked with The Original Shakespeare Company and performed both at the Old Globe and the New Globe, as well as staging their own ‘Poesy’ performances of Shakespearean Sonnets. In 2008 and 2009 they ran very well received educational Shakespeare Workshops for adults in Seaford, East Sussex and in 2010 performed an abridged version of Midsummer Night’s Dream at Ote Hall Farm in Wivelsfield.

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