From: Friday, 28th October 2011
To: Sunday, 20 November 2011
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It is very hard to prove my name, it is very hard to prove my age, it is very hard to prove my story in a court of law. It is very hard to prove anything. In Benin City, a young girl struggles to support her family. A world away, in an Edinburgh tenement, ‘aunty’ Martha arranges a job and flight for her. Journey with her on the bus that leads to a new life and discover the nightmare reality behind Martha’s promises. Based on the experiences of young women trafficked to Scotland, this production by award-winning theatre artist Cora Bissett (Midsummer a play with songs), combines chilling performances with video, animation and music to thrust you into the hidden world of sex-trafficking. Not a world away from you, but a world on your doorstep. Contains strong language and sexual imagery.
31 October 2011
Beginning on a minibus from outside the Theatre Royal Stratford East, Roadkill introduces “Mary”, a bubbly, comic, teenage Nigerian who has been scouted and transported by her “Auntie” to be (ostensibly) educated and employed in the United Kingdom. Immersive from the start, Mary invites you into her world, where her enthusiasm, energy, and joyful expectations about all things London is infectious, warming and sincere. So far so good.
Our arrival at the site-specific set on a nondescript, quiet street in East London, however, reveals the horrors that await Mary. Boldly conceived and directed by Cora Bissett, and based on the true events of a girl trafficked to Scotland from Africa, Roadkill shows Mary’s demise from strength, optimism and naivety to weeping helplessness and dispiritedness, as man after man visits her bedroom, pays his money and expects her service. "I have been touched everywhere", she whispers, numbly, "everywhere. Eve...
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Cora Bissett (Author)
Pachamama Productions (Producer)
Richard Jordan Productions Lrd (in association with Traverse Theatre) (Producer)
Cora Bisset (Director)
Stef Smith (text) (Other)
Harry Wilson (Sound)
Kim Beveridge (AV design) (Design)
Marta Mackova (animation design) (Design)
Paul Sorley (Lighting)