Funded by the National Lottery of Wales, Survivors is a long-term outreach project working with victims of domestic abuse throughout Wales.

Over an 18 month period, eight areas of Wales have been targeted for this unique project. Working in partnership with Creu Cymru (Theatre development agency for Wales), regional theatres and social services, the individual projects combine workshops, verbatim theatre and creative development to explore and tell the real stories of the participants involved.

Part of the process involves a performance of Chickenshed production of in the absence of silence, a theatre piece developed from the initial pilot project working with refuges and services in and around Harlech supported by the South Gwynedd Domestic Abuse services.

"I first had contact with this remarkable company way back in April 2012. I was invited to a workshop held at Dolgellau Rugby Club. Here I found myself surrounded by the most amazing people. I have attended several workshops since and participated with groups of incredibly brave women learning to trust each other. In this safe environment, self-expression is encouraged by using movement, words and music. Imagination and spontaneity are essential tools in creating. In order to create these works of art, support and trust are needed from every member of the group."

Juia Warrell, Participant

Read this review written by Hestia - a charity that works with vulnerable adults and children in crisis - after seeing a performance of in the absence of silence recently. They are currently running a campaign entitled 'UK Says No More', which is helping to raise awareness to end domestic violence and sexual assault.


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