Arts & Entertainment

Domestic Violence Rhymes With Silence

Bringing an uncomfortable subject out from behind closed doors, Redfern’s 107 Projects presents Rhymes With Silence, a collection of new short plays that grapple with the issue of domestic violence.

Produced by Improvising Change – a production company that uses storytelling as a tool for social development – the thirteen plays contemplate interconnected themes of motherhood, family, denial and intervention.

Artistic Director Joy Roberts says, “The subject of domestic violence is regularly hidden within our community due to fear or shame. This is a wonderful opportunity to get together and speak up about the harsh realities – it moves us towards better dealing with the issue.”

While violent imagery of war, terror and murder floods our news feeds, for many women, the family home is the most dangerous battleground. Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety claims that nearly one woman per week is killed by a partner (current or former) in Australia.

ABS statistics show that women are more likely to be assaulted at home by a male partner than anywhere else or by any other person. It is impossible to measure the full extent of the problem because many incidents of domestic, family and sexual violence go unreported.

Supported by DVNSW and Women’s Legal Service NSW, Rhymes with Silence is a bold attempt to break that silence, by creating a world of real stories in a safe, shared space.

May 16 – 24, (Saturdays 7pm, Sundays 2pm, 7pm), 107 Projects, 107 Redfern Street, Redfern, $20-$25, Bookings: www.moshtix.com.au

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