Time Won’t Wait has worked with the emerging theatre company BAREtruth Theatre to develop and profile of one the most exciting collections of new writing to hit the London stage in 2014 – Little Stitches.
An estimated 170,000 women are living with the consequences of Female Genital Mutilation in the UK. Despite being criminalised nearly 30 years ago, there have been minimal prosecutions.
BARETruth have commissioned four fantastic writers of contemporary theatre to explore the human stories behind these statistics and in 2014 presented the show across three London stages. This Spring, they revive the production for a staging at Omnibus.
“a thought-provoking selection of work” Evening Standard ★★★★
“four piercingly eloquent, interrelated mini-dramas” Independent ★★★★
“The great strength of Little Stitches is that, whilst distressing, it avoids sensationalism and is informative. It’s performed by a role – swapping, accent switching, multicultural cast of five with quiet concentration and some flashes of humour” The Times ★★★★
THE FOUR PLAYS
Sleight of Hand By Isley Lynn
How well do you know your neighbours? If something unspeakable was happening next door, would you know about it?
And what would you do if you found out?
Where Do I Start? By Raul Quiros Molina
Real life testimonies reveal the views of those working on the frontline of FGM – an activist with over 20 years experience, a charity worker who has campaigned throughout Africa, and a midwife who gives crucial support to UK-based survivors, engaging all in the debate about what can and can’t be done to prevent FGM worldwide. However, it is the voice of Felicity – a FGM survivor living in London – that can explain what FGM is really like, beyond the facts, figures, and media sound bites.
Dancing Feet By Bahar Brunton
Two women celebrate a child’s leap into womanhood – but their efforts aren’t taking the desired effect. Left with each other´s company and uneasy reflections, they try to get the party started and weigh the cost of their actions … Dancing Feet is a response to the testimonies of FGM survivors and the ‘wedding day without pictures’, focusing on the women who propagate the practice of FGM.
Mutant By Karis E Halsall
Like any other 14 year old, Safa has big plans for her summer holidays. But her world is transformed when she finds herself powerless amidst those closest to her. She has to reconcile herself with the actions of others whilst a doctor confronts the consequences of his own. They seek choice but suffer the silencing force of cultural hegemony … from both sides.
Image © Nancy Thornber.
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