Empowerment Theatre is an exciting, active theatre company creating and producing work which is relevant, enjoyable and challenging. Empowerment was formed with the aim of working for and with people affected by sexual abuse by using theatre as a method of support for survivors, engagement with people indirectly affected by sexual abuse and education to the wider community on the issues surrounding rape, sexual and domestic abuse, including education and outreach work.
How we work
When working with survivors we use inclusive theatre techniques to create a safe space to explore chosen themes and issues. What makes us different from other companies is that we are constantly working on our activities to make them ideal to use to explore issues surrounding sexual abuse in a non threatening way. We make our work specifically suitable for survivors with the constant input of experienced organisations, individuals and survivors. We want survivors to be able to explore the issues that affect them on a day to day basis, to help us to create work to take to communities to highlight issues surrounding rape and sexual abuse.
Empowerment Theatre's productions aim to challenge the wider community to raise awareness and start people talking and thinking. We are working with the knowledge that there are many cases of sexual abuse within trusted relationships (see Rape Facts), and we are also increasingly aware that there are gaps in the general public's knowledge on the laws surrounding rape and serious sexual assault. These are things we aim to change.
Our current method of working as an ensemble is constantly developing and we are always looking for new actors to come on board. We will be meeting on a monthly basis to work together focusing on developing improvisation, ensemble and text development and focusing on the issues highlighted to us by other organisations and survivors. You don't have to be a trained actor to become a member of Empowerment Theatre; click here for more information.
As an organisation we believe an effective way of improving domestic relationships and limiting future cases of abuse is through education. We will therefore be developing workshops to address sex education within schools and workshops for vulnerable community groups. We want to address the issue of sexual and domestic abuse in relation to the wider issues of relationships and respect.
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