14 February 2008
A successful theatre production highlighting domestic abuse and associated issues has recently drawn to a close, having performed at many of the secondary schools in the county borough reaching over 1300 pupils and young people.
The production, "The Lizards Tale" was organised and performed by the Gwent Theatre Company as a result of considerable funding from the Home Office specifically for this project. So successful has the production been, that funding is now being sought to enable the production to be recorded onto DVD's and used as a teaching aid in schools and colleges throughout the county borough.
"The Lizards Tale", written by Louise Osborn, tells the story of Cal, a fourteen-year-old boy embroiled in the problems of his parents' abusive relationship and opens with the shocking statistic that over half of teenage girls think it is acceptable for a boyfriend to hit them if they annoyed him.
Lynne Bosanko-Williams, Domestic Abuse Co-ordinator said, "This is undoubtedly an extremely worrying statistic, and this production goes a long way to helping establish in the minds of young people that abusive relationships are not acceptable. It also highlights the help and support that is available to those who find themselves in a similar situation to the characters in the production.
The feedback gained from pupils and teachers alike has been superb, with everybody agreeing that it was very powerful and moving, and so we are looking at additional funding options to ensure that the production can continue to be used as a teaching aid in schools and colleges in the area for the foreseeable future."
Alongside this production an educational Safer Relationships packs have been developed for Schools, Youth Clubs and Youth Offending Teams throughout Gwent and will be distributed shortly. If you or anyone you know are affected by domestic abuse you can contact Safer Caerphilly MAC (Mon to Fri 10:00am - 4:00pm) 01443 819317.
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