Catholic Theatre Company wins award for stage play about human trafficking

Filed in Arts by on October 25, 2015 0 Comments

Home Secretary Theresa May presenting the award to Clare O’Brien of Ten Ten Theatre

Ten Ten, the Catholic professional theatre company, has won the Award for Best Stage or Film Production dealing with Modern Slavery for the play, “This Is My Body”. (In the photo above Home Secretary Theresa May presents the award to Clare O’Brien of Ten Ten Theatre)

“This Is My Body”, written by Ten Ten’s Artistic Director Martin O’Brien, is a one-woman play which tells the powerful story of a woman from Romania who has been rescued from trafficking and is on the road to rehabilitation in a safe house run by a religious sister.  It was staged in parishes and Catholic Sixth Form colleges throughout 2015, as well as at The St James Theatre in Central London. (See the photo below with Agata Jarosz in “This Is My Body”)


Other winners included journalists from Channel 4, The Guardian and BBC Radio 4.  Presenting the award to Ten Ten, the Home Secretary Theresa May said:

“The journalists and campaigners recognised through these awards have given a voice to the victims of this despicable crime and through their work have helped to raise awareness about this important issue.”

Ten Ten plan to stage a theatre tour of the production in 2016, and have also released a 26-minute documentary film for schools called “Bakhita’s Prayer” which follows the journey of Sixth Form students in a Catholic Sixth Form college who learn about modern slavery.

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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…

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