I Am A Voice
am a Voice Theatre Company
Performed by Abby Melia, Dorcas Sebuyange, Michelle Sakim, Nadis Marah
and Raven Maguire
6th - 7th March 2014
'I Am A Voice’ at the Unity Theatre carried a strong message to
all women about oppression in societies and relationships through domestic
violence and oppression of a sexual nature.
The aim was to educate on how these are used in cultures around the world
as a method of control and how it is acceptable in some countries for
women to be oppressed in this way. It told the stories of five women from
five different parts of the world, including the Congo. Each scene described
how these five women had fled their countries in order to escape violent
backgrounds and made a home for themselves in Liverpool, with hopes of
a better life here.
Verse and spoke word were used as a tool to get the message across with
the help of percussion and acoustic guitar. This made the stories all
the more powerful and heartfelt to watch. In between scenes we were shown
video footage of public opinion on the impact of this on women’s
lives and how the effect of control in a relationship makes womenafraid
to speak out.
Stories from men and women, who were the oppressed or the oppressors
in these countries and cultures, where also shown in the footage - one,
the mother of the founder Lina of the play, inspired by the plights of
women in The Congo.
Her aim is to educate the public on the realities of living in these
countries where these kinds of control and oppression are seen as acceptable,
and the fact that this even happens in relationships in this country.
There was a discussion and question and answer session following the
end of the performance The message behind this very hard hitting, powerful
play was that women in this situation do have a voice and can speak out.
The play was also celebrating International Women’s Day.
A very strong political message was put forward, that violence in any
form should not be acceptable in any culture. This was a very informative
play which highlighted some of the differences between other global communities
and the western world, and made a stand for women everywhere.