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No More Hiding in Silence

Somebody's Daughter Theatre

Year: 2020, 4 mins
Code: SD-Hiding

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Women in prison stand together against violence. No More Hiding in Silence was adapted from a scene from the play Expectant, which was devised and performed by the women in the Dame Phyllis Frost maximum security prison in 2016.

We made this film clip to bring the voices and experiences of the women we work with to a much wider audience. We hope to bring greater  awareness to a key issue that leads to a cycle of addiction and incarceration for many women and young people. Women in prison stand with those who speak out against domestic violence and want their unique perspective to join the growing movement for change.

Somebody’s Daughter Theatre had its beginnings at Fairlea Women’s Prison in 1980 when Maud Clark, a drama student at Victorian College of the Arts, arranged to take the play, ‘Female Transport’ into the prison. It was a play about women being brought over to Australia in the hulks. A very articulate English woman, who was wont to quote the Geneva Convention to officers, asked if we could do drama in the prison. So we started doing workshops.  The way we worked then is still very much how we work today.

Our art form is community arts.  Our expertise is in working with communities that historically have had no voice. We have a 40 year record of working with the most vulnerable, the most disregarded, the most powerless in our society including:

Women in prison (from 1980) and post-release (from 1990)

Young men and women in secure welfare (from 2002)

Marginalised young people in rural communities (from 2001)

We are innovative leaders in the arts sector, highly experienced in developing arts led solutions to address complex societal issues.

We partner with government agencies and organisations, using the arts as a driver to break cycles of abuse, addiction and disengagement.

We influence the perception of arts and its role within our communities.

We believe that in a world where so much is unequal – arts are the great equaliser – and probably the only point of equal meeting for so many of the people we work with.

That is why it is potent.  That is why it works.

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