Lines

Arabella Warren
Greenside @ Infirmary Street
Greenside @ Infirmary Street - Ivy Studio
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It shouldn’t make any difference if you are drunk or asleep should it? You have to consent and if you are asleep or drunk, you can’t give that consent can you? There are lines that should not be crossed.

And if he doesn’t understand that, at least if you have your mate with you then you should be safe. Right?

Aurora (Foxey Hardman) thought so when she was out with her best friend Ella (Mabel McKewan) drinking and dancing with Johnny (Ethan Monks), a friend of Ella’s boyfriend Scott (Tom Moran). But the next thing she knows, she’s waking naked in bed with him on top of her.

Apparently, he carried her upstairs unconscious, which Ella thinks was no big deal, and anyway she tells Aurora that he got a condom from Scott and is a nice guy who won’t tell her classmates that she’s a slut, so it’s alright isn’t it?

Aurora is still in shock when Ella says this and physically in pain from the sexual intercourse she barely knew was happening, so what she hears can’t be right can it? She really does need to talk to someone who believes what happened was wrong. And that’s not Ella who we suspect is not going to remain a friend.

The Rape Crisis Centre sound like clinical automatons and she soon abandons the call in disappointment.

But she does find others she can talk to including her sister Frida (Evan Walker) who has also had a friend betray her in the most appalling manner.

This is a realistic, well performed, sensitive exploration of the way the destructive impact of rape extends way beyond the rape itself.

Keith Mckenna