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HURRIED STEPS by Dacia Maraini

New Shoes Theatre | 05.10.2010 22:39 | Gender | Social Struggles

Hurried Steps is a powerful hour-long play based on testimonies from real women and written by Dacia Maraini, Italy's foremost playwright, novelist, poet and journalist. It was originally created for Amnesty International to raise awareness of Violence Against Women and Girls.New Shoes Theatre is touring during November 2010 to highlight The International Day of the Elimination of Violence Against Women (November 25th). FREE - there will be a collection for the local Women's Refuge.

He grabs me by the hair, drags me into the kitchen, throws me on the floor. He hits me while I am on my knees, he yanks at my plait as if he wants to pull it right off, once he cut it with the huge shearing shears. I don’t have any hair any more. It doesn’t matter how much I scream, beg or cry, all I get is kicks.”

Recounting women’s testimonies of violence, eight stories, inspired by the experiences of real women, are presented in an honest, stark, no frills style. Amnesty International’s UK team has assisted Dacia Maraini to write a new scene exclusively for the London production, derived from Amnesty International UK testimonies. The performance is followed by a panel discussion with field workers from a number of different organisations.
Originally created as part of the international project Passi Affretatti (Hurried Steps), the play has ignited a global debate about the impact of violence against women and has already been performed worldwide and translated into six languages. The November dates are:
The Abbey Centre, Westminster on Nov 22nd
The Forum, Tunbridge Wells, on 24th Nov 2010
The Italian Institute on 27th Nov 2010

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  1. Good article — Stop the violence!