Develop a verbatim theatre performance that responds to the experiences of victims and perpetrators.ABC Radio National Bush Telegraph Story
It all begins with love
Creative Regions began working with the Domestic Violence (DV) Forum members in Bundaberg in 2011 through the Regional Stages Project (funded by Australia Council, Arts Queensland and Bundaberg Regional Council) to investigate ways that the performing arts could be used as an intervention strategy around DV issues in the region.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Creative Regions and four service providers to create a piece of verbatim theatre responding to interviews with DV victims and perpetrators. 12 participants were interviewed in partnership with Ross Peddlesden as interviewer and Rod Ainsworth as producer/ playwright.
A work in progress was read at the Bundaberg White Ribbon Day function in 2012 with 120 people present. The short (35 minute) play called ‘IT ALL BEGINS WITH LOVE’ was completed in early 2013 and was read at a public Domestic and Family Violence Awareness Month function on 21 May 2013 with over 60 present.
Additional funding was received through the Australia Council’s Community Partnerships Board to produce the work. The production occurred on Friday, 21 November 2014 with 15 community sponsors and a range of service providers getting behind this whole-of-community campaign against domestic and family violence.
The play has been meticulously developed over three years.
Creative Regions is developing a Queensland tour for late 2015.
I did enjoy the production and the night…although enjoy may not be the correct word. It was very well put together and realistic and confronting all at the same time, and it is one of those productions that will stay with the viewer for a long long time after the last scene is completed.
– Ron Van Saane, Police Superintendent, Capricornia District
… congratulations once again on a brilliant production. The production was excellent at all levels, from the staging, writing, casting and delivery, and is a credit to all involved.
– John Rosewarne, Chair, White Ribbon Australia
Extremely powerful performance. The actors showed the different personality types all sharing a common horror. It touched me personally from 30 years ago… I hadn’t realised it as abuse but felt it tonight.
I felt that the show was an outstanding teaching moment for us with our young people. It was excellent for the Drama students but, if I had any reservation, it was that I did not have the whole school attend. Young people need to be aware of this issue and to make a commitment to themselves that they will never stand by and watch DV happen to themselves or to those that they love.
– Dan McMahon, Principal, Shalom College, Bundaberg
I saw a part of my story in every one of those characters. It was hard to watch, but thank you!
What an amazing night. I think this excellent and moving production’s message will spread far and wide.
– Trish Mears, General Manager, Bundaberg Broadcasters
This project is bigger than all of us. Kudos to this team. May your message travel far.
I’ve been to every professional development opportunity in the country it seems, and I was very cynical about another role play. But I’ve never seen anything like this. Congratulations.
– Senior Constable – Queensland Police Service
Please find a background document on the proposed Queensland tour (Oct/Nov 2015) and an education package here…
For further information on presenting IT ALL BEGINS WITH LOVE in your community, please call
Rod Ainsworth on 0409 595 704.
Creative Regions would like to thank its touring partners, UnitingCare Community, for their commitment to the project.
If you are in immediate danger, call 000
If you need to talk, call Lifeline’s 24 hour crisis support line
13 11 14
Bundaberg Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Program
Phone: 4513 8400
UnitingCare Community Family Relationship Centre Bundaberg
5 Bingera Street, Bundaberg
Phone: 4130 7500
Email: [email protected]
Domestic Violence Counselling and Support Services available
14 Tantitha Street, Bundaberg
Phone: 1300 364 277
CQUniversity Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research
Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety