Giving Voice with VOICES: Manitoba’s Youth In Care Network
We have just wrapped up a very successful tour with over 4,400 youth seeing the show across Manitoba. Thank-You to all of our supporters, sponsors, audiences and the youth who started it all! Check out the highlight video or our blog with testimonials from students and teachers.
Giving Voice is a powerful, interactive theatrical journey exploring the timely issue of how youth experience the system of CFS. Sarasvàti Productions is excited to tour this brand new work created by and about youth in care in collaboration with VOICES: Manitoba’s Youth In Care Network. The play documents the journey of two youth as they move through the system. Sally is only eleven when she requests being removed from her family and Josh is apprehended at the same age. Performed in Forum theatre style, it is interactive, allowing the audience a chance to stop the action of the play and step in to try out positive solutions to the problems addressed. The play will explore the issues that youth in care have had to deal with from the stigma of being in care to the challenges of an overwrought system. The goal is to help other youth understand what their peers might be experiencing and to give voice to kids in care so they don’t feel alone. The play is truly the story of the youth themselves and in Sarasvàti Productions’ tradition, they worked closely with community groups to realize the work.
Sarasvàti Productions teamed up with VOICES: Manitoba’s Youth in Care Network to create the play. It was developed in workshops throughout the summer of 2013, which included work with over 30 youth in or from care. It was then previewed at FemFest 2013 as a staged reading followed by test presentations in select schools. After fine-tuning, casting an amazing group of young actors and incorporating video – we are all ready for a full tour of Winnipeg and area high schools.
If you or someone you know might be interested in hosting the tour feel free to check out the details in our one-pager and tour specifications document below or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org .