Play shows work of local investigative journalism

The play Refuge Woman is coming to Lancaster
The play Refuge Woman is coming to Lancaster

An innovative piece of theatre which focuses on investigative journalism is calling in to Lancashire tomorrow.

The collaboration between local journalists and performers will use dramatic techniques to bring stories and reporting about domestic violence to theatre-goers across the country.

The nationwide tour drops in at the Gregson Arts and Community Centre in Lancaster tomorrow night.

Put together by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, Refuge Woman is a spoken-word show inspired by real events. The show is touring in eight locations across England - the cities and towns where local journalists worked on a collaborative investigation into the state of domestic violence funding.

The show will include a performance of a one-woman show, followed by a talk from Lancashire Post journalists presenting the findings of their long-term investigation with The Bureau of Investigative Journalism.

Maeve McClenaghan, investigative journalist and producer of the tour said: “This is an exciting and ambitious way to bring these vital, important stories by local journalists to new audiences across the country, sparking debate along the way.

“Refuge Woman is a powerful and moving piece of theatre which will be the perfect introduction to a deeper conversation about how and why refuge provision varies across the country, with local journalists and experts exploring the situation in their area.”

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has been working with playwright and performer Cash Carraway ever since McClenaghan met her the day after the ceiling collapsed in the refuge where Carraway was living. TBIJ went on to report Carraway’s story in its investigative reporting series on domestic violence.

The show is The Gregson Arts and Community Centre on Wednesday, July 18 at 7pm.