HURRIED STEPS by Dacia Maraini will be performed at both the NIDA Playhouse
and New Theatre in Sydney from 25-27 November
HURRIED STEPS is a hard hitting, powerful text by award-winning Italian writer, Dacia Maraini. It was written in collaboration with Amnesty International as part of its global campaign to stop violence against women and girls (VAWG).
Sydney is to see a series of specially staged oratorio-style performances to coincide with UN WOMEN’S CAMPAIGN – 16 Days of Activism beginning on White Ribbon Day, 25th Nov.
Ms Maraini – renowned playwright, novelist, poet and journalist – has devoted her life to women’s issues and was nominated for both the Man Booker International Prize (2011) and the Nobel Prize for Literature (2012).
Written to be performed as a staged reading – ‘oratorio style’ with music stands (“Theatre of the Word” as her legendary collaborator Pier Pasolini dubbed it) – HURRIED STEPS presents a selection from 10 true stories: often confronting, sometimes shocking.
They cover issues from rape, forced abortion, honour killing and generational family abuse to war crimes, sex trafficking and female genital mutilation. Included are stories from women in Belgium, Italy, Jordan, UK, Mexico, Nigeria, Tibet and Albania and Ms Maraini has written a new one especially for this Australian production.
HURRIED STEPS reveals how the narratives behind Violence Against Women and Girls are complex and idiosyncratic, yet the cause and effects are universally similar. It asks “Why is violence against women prevalent in all countries and cultures, and across all social, religious, geographical and cultural groups?”
The hour-long play, which has resonated with audiences around the world, will be followed by a Q&A between a panel of local experts (including professional advocates familiar with the issues raised in the stories) and the audience.
Maraini says HURRIED STEPS is about women fleeing from pain and discrimination. “Inspired by real facts reported by Amnesty International, the text is a testimony, an accusation, a gesture of solidarity and acknowledgment of all those women who are still prisoners of forced marriage, of a violent family, of a hustler, of tradition or of age-old discriminations which are so difficult to overcome.”
This production, translated by Sharon Wood (Professor of Italian at the University of Leicester) and produced by veteran local NIDA graduate, actress and theatre educator Olivia Brown, welcomes London director Nicolette Kay (New Shoes Theatre).
Ms Kay has collaborated previously with both Maraini and Brown and comes to Sydney supported by The Arts Council of England and The British Council’s Artists Development Fund.
It stars local actors Lex Marinos, Grant Cartwright, Emele Ugavule, Bodelle de Ronde, and Olivia Brown.
HURRIED STEPS by Dacia Maraini
Translated by Sharon Wood
Directed by Nicolette Kay
NIDA Playhouse 215 Anzac Pde, Kensington | Fri 25th Nov 11am & 2pm | Sat 26 Nov 2.30pm & 7.30pm
New Theatre, 542 King St, Newtown | Sun 27 Nov 11am
Tickets at NIDA: $45.90 | $24.50 concession (plus booking fee)
Tickets at New Theatre: $27
Bookings and information www.hurriedstepsaustralia.com
Supporting UN WOMEN’S CAMPAIGN – 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence