Make Do and Mend 2015



What a performance. Saturday 14th November saw the realisation of our new production ‘Make do and Mend’ in a preview performance to invited guests at Space Six, in Newcastle Upon Tyne.

After only 9 full days of rehearsal over a two month period, Rachel Adamson (writer/director) and our three performers;Christina Berriman Dawson, Jessica Johnson and Ellie Clarke wowed the audience with their raw and open delivery of a newly devised piece of verbatim theatre titled Make do and Mend.

Right now we are packing up ready to travel to Brussels tomorrow with the cast and Women’s Voices Project team to present our performance Make do and Mend in European Parliament by invite from the FEMM committee and funded by the Socialist and Democratic group. Our performance is part of a wider event held in European parliament on the eve of the International day for Elimination of Violence Against Women.

‘Make do and Mend’ is a piece of verbatim theatre portraying the candid stories of three real women brought together to by a love of knitting and invites an audience into their lives to share their different but equally compelling journeys though Domestic Abuse, reflecting on childhood, motherhood and marriage.
The Women’s Voices Project has been working with individuals and organisations for the past 8 months, delivering arts for well being workshops and collecting testimonies from real women across the County Durham and wider north east area, giving a voice to women who have experienced Domestic Abuse. Make do and Mend is the opening chapter in what we hope will be continuing project, expected to tour next Spring 2016.
Thank you to all those who attended on Saturday evening, your comments and feedback are extremely valuable in helping us find a platform to share our work more widely.

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