03 August 2009>
A successful theatre production highlighting the issues surrounding domestic abuse has recently been showcased at two of Caerphilly county borough's schools.
The production "A Lament for Moths" was recently showcased to hundreds of pupils at Pontllanfraith and Heolddu Comprehensive Schools, with feeder primary schools both also attending.
Organised and performed by the Gwent Theatre Company and written by Patrick Jones, with music by James Dean Bradfield, the production is told through the eyes of Joe who takes the audience on a journey of his life.
He and his young friend Ruby have been friends since childhood and the action follows their lives against a background of family breakdown and how adults can, unwittingly, scar their children by the effects of their own emotional conflict.
Aimed at 10-13 year olds, "A Lament for Moths" looks at what or who creates violence and its effect on young people. It is also aims to highlight the issue of responsibility and the consequences of actions.
Cabinet member for the environment, Cllr Lyn Ackerman said, "This excellent production helps to establish in the minds of young people that abusive relationships are not acceptable.
The feedback gained from pupils and teachers alike has been very positive, with everybody agreeing that it was a very powerful production and a very good starting point to further classroom discussions on what can be a difficult curriculum area."
Domestic Abuse Coordinator, Andrea Davies said, "The production is excellent in that it approaches very difficult issues including that of domestic abuse face on, and gives children the opportunity to discuss and analyse exactly what makes for better relationships."
If you or someone you know is affected by domestic abuse, you can contact the Safer Caerphilly Multi Agency Centre (MAC) Monday to Friday (10am-4pm) on 01443 819317 or the All Wales Domestic Abuse Helpline (open 24 hours) on 0808 80 10 800.
For further information, please visit the Safer CCB website.
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