Powerful new play about human trafficking by Ten Ten Theatre

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A new theatre play, which addresses the issue of human trafficking in the UK, was shown at a special event in Central London to mark Anti-Slavery Day.

Ten Ten Theatre have commissioned a one-woman drama written by Martin O’Brien which tells the story of how an Eastern European woman was deceived by a relative, trafficked as a sex worker across Europe, and enslaved as a domestic servant in the UK.  Eventually released from her captors, the traumatised woman struggles to come to terms with life back at home.

The project began following personal request to Ten Ten from Archbishop Vincent Nichols on behalf of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference to raise awareness of the issue with communities throughout the UK.  Pope Francis has spoken widely on the issue describing human trafficking as “a disgrace for our societies” and it was high on the agenda in the first meeting between the Pontiff and Archbishop Welby earlier this year.

Writer Martin O’Brien said:

Lifting the lid on the world of human trafficking in the UK and abroad has given me an insight into this appalling travesty of our time. It is our intention to show this play widely so that people will become more attuned to what is happening in their community. As with all Ten Ten productions, we hope that this play will not only help audiences to reflect on themselves as spiritual, moral, social and cultural beings, but also lead them to action.

Performed by Polish actress Agata Jarosz, Ten Ten are developing the project for a UK tour of schools, universities, churches, communities and theatres in 2014.  Communities interested in hosting the production should register their interest with Ten Ten Theatre by emailing office@tententheatre.co.uk

The Westminster Centre for Youth Ministry in Somers Town hosted the event.

About Ten Ten:

Ten Ten Theatre is an award-winning theatre company established in 2007.  In addition to its mainstream theatre productions, Ten Ten delivers a Relationship Education programme for children in primary and secondary schools as well as with parents and teachers. The charity has also developed a significant programme of work in prisons and young offender institutions throughout the UK.  Most recently, Ten Ten sold out The Leicester Square in the heart of London’s West End with a run of their production of “Kolbe’s Gift”.  The organisation has a Christian ethos, rooted in the Catholic tradition, and is highly acclaimed for its professionalism, quality of scripts and performances.

[Source: Ten Ten Theatre]

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Martin O'Brien

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Martin O'Brien is the founder and Artistic Director of Ten Ten Theatre. Starting his working life as a professional actor, Martin performed in the West End (Blood Brothers) and at the National Theatre (twice) as well as appearing in many TV dramas throughout the 1990’s. He then developed a second career as a writer, winning the BBC Northern Exposure Award for his play “On Eagles Wings” and writing for the BBC One drama “Doctors” and numerous radio plays. He founded Ten Ten Theatre – a professional theatre company with an underlying Christian ethos rooted in the Catholic tradition - with his sister Clare in 2007. Since that time, Ten Ten has developed a wide-ranging programme in drama-based Relationship Education in primary schools, secondary schools and parishes, currently working with over 80,000 children and young people every year. The company has also won awards for its work with young offender institutions and has more recently moved into mainstream theatre productions, starting with the sell-out production of “Kolbe’s Gift” at the off-West End venue, The Leicester Square Theatre, in October 2013. When not working, Martin tries (and sometimes, just sometimes, succeeds) to beat his 12-year-old nephew on Fifa… www.tententheatre.co.uk

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