As regular visitors to this website will know, 17Percent’s founder, Sam Hall, has been working on a play about human trafficking, which tours in October 2015. The play has been cast and rehearsals are about to begin.
The main aim of the play is to raise awareness for World Anti-Slavery Day (18 October 2015). There are an estimated 30 million slaves in the world, with approximately 13,000 in the UK. Modern day slavery victims include: women forced into prostitution, imprisoned domestic staff, and workers in fields, factories, building sites and fishing boats.
Jude Spooner, founder of London-based Rah Rah Theatre Company, commissioned playwright Sam to tell stories of human trafficking in a play, which tours venues in London and the Southeast this October, supported by Arts Council England.
Jude and Sam were inspired to team up on the play to raise awareness of this injustice in the UK. Sam was first inspired to start researching human trafficking after being approached by Merton Against Trafficking to write some stories for a fundraising event in 2014. Jude is part of New Malden Abolition group, a group set up to help the charity Hope For Justice which exists to put a stop to human trafficking and slavery in our generation, so has an interest in the topic. Her goal is to share her knowledge about this modern day crime and to create an artistic response to this, which will both provoke and disturb in equal measures.
My Mind is Free will tell the stories of some of the people who have fallen into what can only be described as modern day slavery and the play is inspired by true life stories from victims, which have then been fictionalised.
Where possible, each performance will also have a speaker from an anti-trafficking charity so the audience can find out more about what to do if they think somebody is being trafficked near them.
Full list of venues: (for more info and to book visit the website).
Thursday 1 October 2015 7.30pm: Margate House, Margate, Kent
Friday 2 October 2015 7.30pm: The Horsebridge Centre, Whitstable, Kent
Saturday 3 October 2015 7.30pm: Haslemere Abolition Group, Haslemere, Surrey
Sunday 4 October 2015 3pm: Wimbledon BookFest, London
Monday 5 October 2015 – 7.30pm: Strood Baptist Church, Strood, Kent
Tuesday 6 October 2015: King’s College London, Strand Campus, Ground floor, London
Wednesday 7 October 2015 7.30pm: Colour House Theatre, London
Thursday 8 October 2015 8pm: St Catherine’s Neighbourhood Centre, Reading
Friday 9 October 8pm: Balham Baptist Church, London
Saturday 10 October 2015 7.30pm: New Malden Baptist Church, London
Sunday 11 October 2015, 7pm (starts 7.30pm): Rochester Literature Festival 2015, Kent
Monday 12 October 2015: Resource for London, Holloway Road, London
Tuesday 13 October 2015: Katherine Low settlement, Battersea, London
Wednesday 14 October 2015 7.30pm: The Library, Willesden, London
Thursday 15 October 2015: KAHAILA, Brick Lane, London.
Friday 16 October 2015: Fairfield Halls, Croydon