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V Day 2016: Tenderness

18 March 2016 Posted by No Comment

V Day 2016 Tenderness PFEJ

V Day 2016: Tenderness is based on interviews and discussions with people from around Sri Lanka on gender based and intimate partner violence. This year’s collection of performance pieces are stories that people hardly discuss, because sometimes it’s just too difficult to tell anyone. Who would believe them? But if we listen, people always find a way to tell those stories. To feel the catharsis of the narrative, where in the retelling of the story you purge your demons. And you also laugh at how ridiculous reality can be.

This year performers include Indu who plays the role of a Three Wheel Driver who parks outside night clubs and watches the world go by; Michelle, who plays a young woman who was accosted by three men; Danu, Dominic and Anuruddha discuss how some fathers view incest, and their daughters Amayaa, Uda and Salome respond; Dino and Dharini debate on the perceived ambiguities of “consensual rape”; and there is also interpretive dance based on research related to the abuse of trans women in Sri Lanka. Gehan Blok on the loopholes of forgiveness and Sashini’s 50 Shades Gone Wrong monologue make up the night.

As always V Day, in the tradition of writings to end violence against women and girls seeks to provoke a discussion amongst those of us who may feel immune to what are every day realities for some. They may be our reality too, but we either chose to ignore it, or prefer to pretend.

Our media partners this year are TNL, Lite 87, Life Online, Daily Mirror & The Sunday Times. Our Venue Partner is Barefoot Café and our Production Partner is Arinma Holdings.

We’re also partnered by Women in Need – a key service provider in Sri Lanka for women and girls who have survived intimate partner and gender based violence.

V Day 2016: Tenderness

Writings to End Violence Against Women and Girls.

Directed by Jith Peiris & Hans Billimoria

Date: April 1st 2016 @ 7pm

Venue: Barefoot Café

Tickets: LKR 1000 (Available at Barefoot Café)

For Special Discounted Student Tickets (LKR500) Contact trust@grassrooted.net or Message Grassrooted on Facebook to collect your tickets.


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