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Ruth Hawkins, Founding Partner

BH&O supporting
Happy Even After: a play about domestic abuse

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Last night BH&O sponsored the launch of a new play written by local play-write Gaye Poole, Happy Even After.  Human Story Theatre Company have been working with a number of partner organisations including Thames Valley’s Reducing the Risk, A2 Dominion, and other organisations working with both victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse.

The play is continuing at Oxford’s Old Fire Station Arts Centre until Saturday 5th October, and then is touring the County as follows:

7th October      Witney Library
8th October      Great Milton Neighbour’s Hall
9th October      Burford, Warwick Hall
10th October    Banbury, The Mill Arts Centre
11th October    Eynsham Village Hall
12th October    Charlbury Memorial Hall
13th October    Thame, Players Theatre

More information can be found on www.humanstorytheatre.com

The play involves two couples, and we found it to be a brilliantly accurate portrayal of what can happen in domestic abuse cases.  It was a funny, yet powerful and disturbing performance, and felt extremely true to its subject matter.

If you can get to see one of its performances, it’s well worth it.

After each performance is a short Q&A with some of the partner organisations, and last night, Nel Grimbleby and I both took part, alongside representatives from Reducing the Risk, A2 Dominion and the Samaritans.

The production has also been part funded by the National Lottery and as part of that funding, there are growing plans to work in schools and other organisations to develop a workshop programme on healthy relationships, so important with growing fears on young people’s mental health, sexting and County Lines, amongst other things. BH&O are so proud to have played our small part in supporting this important production, and in sponsoring last night’s launch and the programme for the tour.

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