The Conch theatre company is embarking on a groundbreaking new project in the Solomon Islands, using theatre to address the problem of violence against women and in doing so empowering a new generation of leaders and storytellers.
Renee Liang speaks to theatre auteur Nina Nawalowalo and her creative partner Tom McCrory.
The Stages of Change project uses theatre to open up dialogue and awareness about the important role of women in civil society and also to reduce violence against women.
Nina will nurture a new women’s theatre company, selecting women from a broad cross section of some of the 990 islands in the Solomons. After creating a performance work this year, the show will tour around the main islands in the Solomons in 2014. There will also be radio scripts created for broadcast, with local writers and directors mentored to continue the project into the future. The groundbreaking project has been funded by the European Union, the British High Commission and the British Council.
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