Hurried Steps - Finborough Theatre (one performance only)
Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle
NEW Shoes Theatre is returning to the Finborough Theatre with Sharon Wood’s translation of Dacia Maraini’s Hurried Steps as part of their 2014 International Women’s Day tour, playing for one performance only on Thursday, March 6, 2014 at 2pm.
Hurried Steps received its British premiere at the Finborough Theatre in 2009. The powerful hour-long play is inspired by real testimonies from Amnesty International and retells eight stories from around the world.
The play was originally created for Amnesty International to spark a global debate about domestic abuse and the stark, no-frills performance is written to stimulate an hour-long discussion between the audience and a panel of local fieldworkers and experts in the field of domestic abuse.
Originally created as part of the international project Passi Affretatti (Hurried Steps), the play has ignited a global debate about the impact of violence against women and has already been performed worldwide and translated into six languages.
Speaking about Hurried Steps, playwright Dacia Maraini said: “With hurried steps these women flee from pain and discrimination. Inspired by real facts reported by Amnesty International, the text is a testimony, an accusation, a gesture of solidarity and acknowledgement of all the women who are still prisoners of a forced marriage, of a violent family, of a hustler, of tradition or of age-old discriminations which are so difficult to overcome.”
Dacia Maraini is a renowned Italian playwright, novelist, poet, journalist and has been a champion of women’s issues since the 1970’s, speaking fearlessly against any action that impinges women’s rights. She was nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature and shortlisted for the International Man Booker Prize. A prolific playwright, her version of Mary Stuart is continuously performed worldwide including a production by La Mama in New York.
Hurried Steps is directed by Nicolette Kay and performed by Eugenia Caruso, Emma Dennis-Edwards, Mariam Haque and Samuel Young.
Tickets: £5 – available from the box office on 0844 847 1652 or online at www.finboroughtheatre.co.uk/.