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Refuge Woman, Birmingham

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Stan's Cafe

110 Northwood Street

Birmingham

B3 1SZ

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This humorous, spoken-word show, inspired by real events, will be followed by a discussion with local journalists who have reported extensively on domestic violence issues and council funding

Sixteen years. 13 women’s refuges. And one suitcase. Now she’s starting all over again. Again.

Cash is a self-confessed “refuge connoisseur”. She knows the refuges with the best counsellors, clothing donations and the ones closest to the heartiest ‘all you can eat’ buffets. Over the past 16 years she has escaped to refuges from Aldershot to Southend-on-Sea. And now she’s just set foot in what she has decided is her final refuge. It’s crumbling round the edges and she shares her room with rats. It isn’t exactly how she imagined escaping from abuse, but now she has a young daughter to consider. She’s out of options.

Inspired by real life events, this darkly humorous, spoken-word performance provides snapshots of life in a women’s refuge, as Cash attempts to rebuild her life from scratch in a world where an Argos suitcase contains everything she needs to start again.

Refuge Woman will tour in eight locations across England - the cities and towns where local journalists worked on a collaborative investigation into the state of domestic violence funding.

The show will include a performance of Refuge Woman, followed by a talk from local journalists presenting the findings of their long-term reporting with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

In Birmingham, local journalist Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra, and experts will talk about funding cuts to local refuges across Birmingham

Full tour schedule:

Norwich (Puppet Theatre, 14 July), Lancaster (Gregson Community Centre, 18 July), Birmingham (Stan’s Theatre, 28 July), Bristol (Alma Theatre Tavern, 3 August), Leeds (Seven Arts Theatre, 9 August), Byline Festival (24 August), Carlisle (Carlisle Festival, 2 September), London (Camden People’s Theatre, 8 November).

Details on the night:

Refuge Woman runs for 40 minutes and is followed by a 40 minute talk and discussion about domestic violence provision in the area, with a short interval in between.

The performance contains descriptions of violence and strong language. Not suitable for under 16 years old.

A collection for a local domestic violence provision will take place on the night.

The Refuge Woman Tour is funded and produced by The Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Finding Common Ground - a grant programme with the aim to “engender trust between media organizations and communities.”

The show is being developed with support from Battersea Arts Centre and Camden People’s Theatre and is directed by acclaimed Conrad Murray.

Accessibility

The venue is wheelchair accessible, for more information contact (0)121 236 2273

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