The irony of the times in which we live is that the increased sophistication of the human existence seems to parallel an increase in the abuse of women and children. Further, men are increasingly crying out for support attention to be given to the challenges of abuse that they face. Sadly, it is still questionable whether justice systems have matured enough to give people across the board the level of protection that they need.
Drama and the dramatic arts are known internationally for their ability to give insight, and be a catalyst for change in the most difficult situations.
‘Shades of I-She’ and ‘Baby Doll Meets Midnight Robber’ are two of our productions geared specifically towards the challenges of abuse and dysfunctional home relationships. They are based on original scripts written by author, cultural activist and award winning actress, Eintou Pearl Springer.
“Shades of I-She” treats with issues of domestic violence, incest and rape. Performances and interactive sessions with the audience are successful tools to introduce the problems faced by many of our young women. Ultimately, Shades of I-She works because it offers hope and is a celebration of women. It emphasises the need for abused women and girls to value themselves and consequently break the cycle of abuse.
“Baby Doll Meets Midnight Robber” deals with the behavioural challenges facing our young people, especially during the Carnival period. The playwright uses Traditional Carnival characters from Trinidad and Tobago. Through their well-defined personalities and the vigour of their speech patterns and movement, Eintou explores themes such as HIV AIDS, promiscuity, teenage pregnancy and drugs – all portrayed in a carnival setting. There are lessons to be learnt and real life situations presented, all geared towards changing behaviour patterns.
Both productions are a catalyst for discussion, solution generation and empowerment. Performances are followed by a discussion session facilitated by the actors. This interaction is a critical component of our intervention strategy, as our essential purpose behind these productions is to arrive at viable solutions and begin the process of healing.