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Regional Tour 2001 - 2006

Falling Knives and Runaround Wives

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Whilst on tour in 1999 with After Her Death, the company were approached by a support group for survivors of domestic violence, and asked to create a performance piece that gave a platform to their lived experiences, with the aim of bringing about change, through audiences gaining knowledge and understanding of the issues experienced by someone in a domestic violence situation. Once again the company’s co-founders Catrina McHugh and Kathryn Mace took up the challenge. 100 women/young women informed this production, and it took 12 months to create. The production was first toured Regionally in 2001, and then Nationally in 2002, and most recently regionally in 2006.

The following groups directly informed the creation of Falling Knives & Runaround Wives:

  • The Meadows
  • Bridge
  • West End Women and Girls Centre
  • Avenues
  • Gateshead Young Women's Outreach Project
  • Hexham Youth Initiative
  • NECA
  • Riverside Community Health Project
  • Unified Group of Lesbians from Tyne & Wear
  • Wansbeck Initiative

Falling Knives & Runaround Wives has reached over 11,000 people to date.

Set over the hectic, unforgiving season of Christmas and New Year, Falling Knives and Runaround Wives unfolds with four very different women caught in the eye of a storm. Tricia is about to leave her beloved job as her fifteen year old daughter is pregnant; Gillian, Tricia's cousin, has left her hubby for her lesbian lover (much to her mother's horror); debt ridden Michelle is being cheated on, again, by her wayward husband, and Susan tries to hold her life together despite being regularly beaten by her violent partner. Their common goal is the determination to put on a rip-roaring New Years' show as an ABBA Tribute band!


Supported By:

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and the Women's Trust Fund and the A+E Education Trust

"Every woman should see this production – as a warning, as a great night out and mostly as a celebration. Keep on talking – your message needs to be heard." Audience member 2006

"...topical drama that doesn't lay on the moral cement with a trowel, but rather ices the cake with humour, music and, dare we say, fun." The Metro, February 2002

To create the characters 40 drama workshops took place with 10 community groups.

Falling Knives and Runaround Wives was toured and showcased in 2001 reaching 4000 people, and retoured in 2002 (reaching 3300) and 2006 (reaching 3200).