Festival play puts spotlight on domestic abuse

A hard-hitting play highlighting the reality of domestic abuse is to be staged in Edinburgh after receiving funding from the City of Edinburgh Council, Police Scotland, NHS Lothian and the Scottish Government.

'Our Glass House’ will be performed in a vacant council house in Wester Hailes from the 13 - 25 of August and will focus on the victims of abuse whilst exploring their reasons to stay or leave an abusive environment. The stories of six distinctive characters will be told simultaneously and the audience will be free to move from room to room as these stories unfold.

The Edinburgh staging of ‘Our Glass House’, by the Common Wealth Theatre, follows highly acclaimed performances in Bradford and Bristol and the piece will be portrayed by local actors. It is hoped that the piece, which is based on real-life testimonies, will help to raise awareness of the complex issues surrounding domestic abuse and the impact it has on the victims and those around them.

Health and Wellbeing Convenor, Councillor Ricky Henderson, said: “As ‘Our Glass House’ so vividly demonstrates, the consequences of domestic abuse are wide spread and have a devastating effect on its victims, their children and society as a whole.

“Witnessing or experiencing domestic abuse is one the most serious risks to children in our society and can have an impact on their long term development and wellbeing as well as potentially shaping their attitudes and beliefs as adults.

“The Council is currently developing a multi-agency policy with our partners in the Police, the NHS and a number of voluntary organisations, which gives the clear message that we are committed to tackling domestic abuse in all its forms. We are also investing in a comprehensive review of our domestic abuse services to make sure that victims receive the support they need and that perpetrators are brought to account.

“Our message is simple - domestic abuse is never acceptable and will not be tolerated.”

The number of domestic incidents recorded in Edinburgh over the last four years has risen from 4952 to 5335. In around 45% of these incidents children were identified as being present or resident in the home.

Lesley Johnston, Chair of the Violence Against Women Partnership, said: “The Edinburgh Violence Against Women Partnership is delighted to support and host this powerful theatre event, which highlights the impact that different forms of gender-based violence can have upon those affected.

“Each production is followed by workshops with professional staff with information on local support services available to add to the impact of this event.”

View the promotional video.

Notes to Editors

The Violence Against Women Partnership includes representatives from:

The City of Edinburgh Council
Police Scotland
The Edinburgh Community Health Partnership
Procurator Fiscal ServiceEdinburgh Women’s Aid
Edinburgh Women’s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre
Scottish Prostitutes Education Project

Further information about ‘Our Glass House’ can be found at http://www.commonwealththeatre.co.uk/

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