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We are offering 60 minute workshops with 15 minutes questions and answers or Year 9 and upwards, of course if you feel it would benefit younger students we can tailor it to their needs. Please email jo@footlightstheatre.co.uk or aaron@footlightstheatre.co.uk to find out more.

Please feel free to download a pdf of the presentation here. At Footlights we believe in connecting with young people in ways that the teachers are not able to – because of the boundaries teachers and pupils must maintain to get the most out of their teaching and learning. We can open up #awkward conversations about sharing #nudes, being in unhealthy relationships, how to have self worth and recognise signs of possible Domestic Abuse.

We use REAL stories and discussion, Q & A, live performance as well as audio to give your whole cohort the maximum benefits of the workshop.

Please email jo@footlightstheatre.co.uk or aaron@footlightstheatre.co.uk to find out more.

Background to our work

In 2014 we spent a year researching the play, we interviews victims ( survivors ) and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse, covering psychological, physical, financially, cohersive, and sexual abuse. We then spent months using their word for word accounts to write and produce a professional performance presenting a balanced view of both the female and male perspectives.

In 2015 we staged the play at The Lowry, Salford please follow this link to find out more.  ‘And Then You Kissed Me’

The play is completely verbatim, it follows five characters, some of whom the abuse started when they were a child and through their teens, Whilst the play is not young person focussed, it may help them to recognise signs in their own homes, which has proven to have an effect on their ideas of ‘Healthy Relationships’. The material contains swearing. See what the Producer and Director say below,

“We hope to make people more aware of the triggers and the consequences of domestic violence through the voices of those most closely affected by it” Jo explains. “This is a subject that we’re often unaware of until situations become untenable. Even then, the authorities are not always set up to deal with the victims or the perpetrators.”

Director Alan Pattison says “And Then You Kissed Me’ explores the harrowing and shocking subject of domestic violence. The women and men whose accounts we hear are all real. Victims, perpetrators, the police and therapists are all given the opportunity to tell their stories. Whilst the material is overwhelmingly hard to comprehend, out of the bleakness of many of these lives and experiences comes a spirit of survival and a will to change circumstances forever”

Reviews

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/130175353-you-could-be-any-one-these-victims-manchester-actress-uses-real-domestic-violence

http://www.manchestertheatreawards.com/reviews/859-and-then-you-kissed-me-the-lowry-salford

http://www.theskinny.co.uk/theatre/shows/reviews/and-then-you-kissed-me-lowry-studio