Llangollen Fringe to provide showcase for survivors of torture


Staff reporter (Denbighshire Free)

Torture survivors who are part of the Write to Life creative writing group are bringing their acclaimed piece of  theatre to Wales for the first time as part of the Llangollen Fringe Festival.

'Souvenirs' is based on the testimonies of five survivors of torture who received treatment from the UK-based charity Freedom from Torture. Each survivor shares their individual story as well as their challenges in adapting to life in Britain.

Each performance sees the survivors become the play's 'actors' as it is delivered by the protagonists themselves resulting in an intimate, powerful, and often unexpectedly hilarious, show.

Tracy, one of the writers in the Write to Life group, said:

"What happened to me, the marks on my body, the memories, they are going to be my souvenirs. I want to show people how I feel. In my struggle I did not have a voice and I want the world to know the truth. Talking, acting, writing about it, it's another way to free myself."

Sheila Hayman, coordinator of the group, described the last performance of ‘Souvenirs’ saying:

"Every seat was filled, every word received with warmth and even laughter. But by the end, at least half the audience was in tears, and all the performers near to it; stunned silence, followed by rapturous applause."


Souvenirs will be performed in Wales for the first time at the Llangollen Fringe Festival on Saturday, July 26.

It will be followed by a discussion and book signing with company members.

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