Award winning play ‘Shades of I-She’ puts focus on domestic abuse again

The Eintou Springer play ‘Shades of I-She: Every Woman’s Story’ will once again put the focus on domestic violence, incest and other social traumas when it takes to the stage in May of this year. The aim of the production is to generate useful discussion and solutions through culture and the arts, and to raise funds for the community outreach programmes of ICAN. The play will take place at the Big Black Box in Woodbrook, from May 27th– 29th, with a Gala on May 27th.

‘Shades of I-She’ explores the challenges, joys, and triumphs of women everywhere. The play will feature veteran actress Eunice Alleyne, Caribbean songstress Mavis John, newcomers Khailah Bernard, Kiah Mulrain and Shanya Springer, and the playwright herself, Eintou Springer. Dara E. Healy, ICAN founder, is the choreographer for the piece and will also be on stage as a dancer and actress.

In response to increased reports of child abuse, domestic violence and trauma being experienced in our communities, it was decided to remount the play in the same month in which mothers are internationally celebrated. Based on the poetry of Eintou Springer, the poems deal with the difficult topics of incest, domestic violence, rape, child prostitution and HIV Aids.

The play was originally performed between 1995 – 2002 throughout secondary schools and communities in Trinidad and Tobago, as well as across the Caribbean and internationally. It won a Cacique award for Best Original Music under Musical Director Ewart Serrant. Serrant will return as Musical Director for this run of the play, ably complimented by flautist Muhammad Muwakil, thirteen year old pannist and guitarist Kayode Charles and Master Drummer Xavier Phillip.

The three-night run will also launch a series of outreach activities with activists in communities across Trinidad and Tobago. Proceeds from the play will go towards funding these interventions and other activities of ICAN, in particular finding a permanent space for its operations.

Tickets are available from the Big Black Box, Cher Mere Day Spa outlets at Cipriani Boulevard, Long Circular Mall and Trinicity Mall and from the cast, board and members of ICAN.

Check out photos from previous performances of ‘Shades of I-She’

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