- Posted by: Joyce Watson MS
- Category: Feature
Assembly Member Joyce Watson was special guest at Theatr Gwaun on Saturday evening (19 Oct) as Theatre versus Oppression made their Fishguard debut.
The Cardiff-based charitable company performed ‘SOLD’, a play based on the testimonies of real-life victims of human trafficking in Wales.
Mrs Watson, who is chair of the Welsh Assembly’s human trafficking cross-party group, was invited to meet the cast and crew and participate in a post-performance question and answer session.
The Mid and West AM said:
“I am very grateful to Theatre versus Oppression for inviting me to Theatr Gwaun and I congratulate them on a thought-provoking production.
“‘SOLD’ tells true human stories of a truly inhuman trade. It was superbly choreographed and acted and we had a lively debate afterwards. The play certainly challenges prejudices and shines a light on a dark subject.”
The gritty play tells the story of six characters whose lives collide at a city centre bus stop on a series of winter evenings. Moving and darkly humorous, the characters’ stories are based on true accounts of trafficked victims from Welsh communities.
Creator of the play, and founder of TVO, Jennifer S. Hartley said:
“Human trafficking was always an issue I saw as something that happened elsewhere. With this project I learned it was happening on our doorstep.
“The stories I heard were shocking and disturbing – a wake-up call to an issue that is far serious than most of us could ever realise.”
SOLD is touring Wales throughout October and November. It plays at Studio Y Ffwnes, Llanelli on 23-24 October and Aberystwyth University on 9 November.
Tickets are £10, concessions £8 and can be purchased in advance through the venue or on the night. Due to the content of the show, which includes strong language, it is only suitable for 13+ with guidance.
CAPTION: Joyce Watson AM (centre) with the cast of SOLD at Theatr Gwaun
For information about Theatre versus Oppression visit http://www.theatreversusoppression.com/