From the Mouths of Mothers - Pleasance Theatre
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
FROM THE Mouths of Mothers, a verbatim theatre play by Amanda Stuart Fisher, runs at the Pleasance Theatre, Islington, from May 22 to May 25, 2013.
A powerful and inspiring drama, From the Mouths of Mothers tells seven true stories of child sexual abuse using verbatim theatre techniques, and was created by London-based playwright Amanda Stuart Fisher from 14 hours of interviews with mothers who had discovered that their children had been sexually abused.
Alright, he got his silly five years but he only done eighteen months or something and he’s free now – he can do what he likes. But all three of my children have got a sentence for life.
Crossing all walks of life, the play shares with the audience the voices of mothers who have had to fight to get the support their children needed in the face of terrifying abuse, and who risk losing everything in their bid to protect their children from further abuse.
The judge said: ‘if I make an order to allow your father to apply for contact, you realise you have to comply, you have no choice.’ I just basically stood up and I said I don’t care who tells me… I will not subject my daughter to further abuse. I would rather go to prison.’
Through these interwoven narratives, audiences learn about failings in Britain’s judicial processes, a lack of support and recognition in the social services and doctors who overlook the physical signs of abuse.
From the Mouths of Mothers was created as a collaboration with Mosac, a UK charity which supports non-abusing parents and carers of children whose children have been sexually abused, and The Royal Central School of Speech & Drama, University of London and Awards for All.
Tickets: £12, £10 concessions – available online at www.pleasance.co.uk/.