Raising awareness of male domestic abuse victims through theatre

Published: Monday 6th February 2017 by Courtney Farrow

Comments (0)

This week ApposArt Theatre Company brings to life the story of A Crooked Star, using an energetic mix of theatre, cinema and live music.

Image shows A Crooked Star being filmed by Phil Codd from Humber Film.

We spoke to Aidan Thompson-Coates, creator of the show, to find out what audiences can expect from this taboo tale.

A Crooked Star follows the life of Alfie Brooks. He’s returning to Hull after a successful career as a film actor,” Aidan explains.

Strangely, the actor declines gigs in London and Broadway in favour of making a stage debut in his hometown:

“The media automatically questions this, asking why on earth he would turn down a major role in the West End to perform in Hull.”

Prior to his arrival in the city, the media begins to stir up rumours about Alfie’s love life:

“Not knowing all of the facts, the press accuses him of being sexually and domestically abusive towards his ex,” Aidan expands. “After this relentless broadcasting, he takes comfort in alcohol and gets support from his secret girlfriend in Hull.”

“It’s not a very good series of events for the character, and his harrowing past and uncertain future keep coming back to haunt him.”

Focusing on male domestic abuse victims, A Crooked Star is certain to take you on an emotional journey. The moving tale is based on real-life experiences.

Further strengthening the show’s impact, the theatre company has partnered up with Survivors UK to raise awareness of male domestic abuse cases.

All of this takes place during Male Sexual Abuse Awareness Week, adding momentum to the cause. The aim is to challenge and change people’s perceptions of rape culture and domestic violence.

“There will be parts where you will want to cry, but there are very heartwarming moments too. And sometimes you’ll completely laugh out loud,” Aidan chuckles.

Survivors UK is one of only twenty services in the country that support male abuse victims.

“Each performance we put on is partnered with a charity that helps people affected by the issues we deal with,” adds Aidan.

Previously, ApposArt Theatre Company has raised money for Macmillan Cancer Support through their thought-provoking shows. This summer, they will be working with newly registered charity Pride in Hull.

“I’m really excited to see A Crooked Star on the Fruit stage,” Aidan enthuses. “We’ve combined theatre, live music and cinematography to create a unique and powerful experience.”

He adds: “It’s a topic that has not really been tackled before. Fruit is a great venue and we have a fantastic cast. It’s also in support of a really good cause.”

A Crooked Star is the first ever Hull production to be live streamed internationally. People across the world will be able to watch the Wednesday performance online and see the talent that the city has to offer.

Running at Fruit on Humber Street from Monday 6 until Wednesday 8 February, tickets are on a Pay What You Can basis. For more information, please visit hullboxoffice.com.

In the meantime, if you would like to know more about the subject matter and how you can help, please visit survivorsuk.org.

Read more localnational and international news on HEY Today

Follow us on Facebook and Twitter  

Published: Monday 6th February 2017 by Courtney Farrow

Comments (0)

Local business search