Somebody’s Sister, Somebody’s Daughter toured in 2016 to schools in Oxfordshire, Oldham, Rochdale, West Yorkshire and many other areas. Further touring in Oldham and Wigan schools is scheduled for Spring 2017. An additional and exciting development in 2017 will be the launch of a film version of the play – watch this space for further details. We are very proud to say the play has now been performed over 250 times reaching a total of over 50,000 young people. In the three years we have been touring this production over 100 young people have come forward to make a disclosure (formally report sexual exploitation abuse) or to seek help or advice.
‘Somebody’s Sister, Somebody’s Daughter’ is a powerful drama about sexual exploitation and street grooming, aimed at young people aged 14 upwards and adults.
It goes behind the front page mug-shots to the human stories of three young people: Chloe, the 15 year old girl from an ordinary family, who is caught up in the web of a grooming gang. Sara, the half-Asian best friend who saves her, and Javid, the young man who risks everything to help Sara get Chloe out of the grip of his ‘Uncle’ Adeem and his ‘business partner’ Phil.
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This production is designed to tackle the sexual exploitation of young people, with a particular emphasis on providing a greater understanding and awareness of street grooming, social media vulnerability, online threats and ‘sexting’. GW Theatre Company developed the play in partnership with Oldham, Rochdale and Oxfordshire councils and the Oxford Foundation, with support from ACE Awards for All. The production is based on research with young people and professionals.
‘Somebody’s Sister, Somebody’s Daughter’ is now available for performances in schools, colleges, PRU’s, and to parents/carers and the wider community. The play is also ideal for conferences and for raising awareness with professionals as well as supporting and leading training work.
Without preaching, or being sexually graphic in anyway, and with surprising humour, ‘Somebody’s Sister, Somebody’s Daughter’ dramatises the dangers and the complex issues involved in this most sensitive of subjects. Aimed at Year 10 students and upwards, and available also for professionals, the play is supported by specially written pre and post-performance lesson outlines. Every performance is followed by a ‘hot-seating’ session in which the actors come back in character so that audiences can question their actions and behaviour.
The purpose of the play and its related resources:
- To inform and warn potential victims and to encourage self-protective behaviour
- To provoke potential abusers into reconsidering their thinking.
- To stimulate general debate and raise awareness around the subject
- To be a resource and training tool for workers
- To lead local authority prevention strategies with monitoring & evaluation tools
- To sign-post key local and national CSE services and support
- To increase vigilance and resilience against CSE
- To encourage and empower victims of CSE to seek help and support
“It is important that today’s teenagers understand the risk of sexual exploitation and to know where to seek help. The GW Theatre Company has perfected the art of engaging teenagers in a thoughtful and entertaining way through drama and dialogue”
Lisa Harker, Head of Strategy, NSPCC
“This is an important, thought provoking production which addresses many vital issues about CSE”
Ian Rushton, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS North West
“Somebody’s Sister, Somebody’s Daughter is a fantastic performance that illustrates the issues and complexities around sexual exploitation – from a number of perspectives. It is an excellent production delivering difficult messages in an understandable manner, not only to young people, but to parents and carers as well as professionals charged with safeguarding children. It cleverly challenges stereotypes and myths, and signposts clearly how to get help.”
Mary Doyle, Divisional Commander, Greater Manchester Police
“Some young people, particularly lads, don’t take sexual exploitation seriously, but things like this show it’s a real situation. This can never be shown to enough young people.”
Callum, 14 year old student, Greater Manchester