Make Do and Mend

Published: 23 September 2016
Reporter: Peter Lathan

The Women’s Voices Project, managed by Changing Relations, is to tour Make Do and Mend, a verbatim play about domestic violence, around the North East.

Reflecting on childhood, motherhood and marriage, Make Do and Mend tells real life stories of County Durham women who have suffered and survived the trauma of domestic abuse. It is written and directed by Rachel Adamson with movement direction from Alys North, sound by Rupert Philbrick and design by Pollyanna Turner. The cast consists of Christina Berriman-Dawson, Ellie North and Rosie Stancliffe.

A spokesperson for Changing Relations said, “women we have worked with have described how important it was to feel that they were 'being listened to’. The performance aims to highlight the true extent of domestic abuse and its impact on victims and families, and to encourage our local communities to challenge unacceptable behaviours.”

The play tours to:

  • 29 and 30 September
    Alphabetti Theatre, Newcastle
  • 5 October
    The Witham, Barnard Castle
  • 6 October
    The Dolphin Centre, Darlington
  • 13 October
    Civic Hall, Stanley
  • 14 October
    Town Hall, Bishop Auckland

As well as these performances, the company will be working with Gentoo Housing in Sunderland and Northumbria University to trial the performance with a drama-based workshop as a training tool for health professionals and housing officers.