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Playing Life

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Playing Life combines live jazz and compelling drama in a one woman show which explores how the character, Louise, has found the courage to move on from her past, making a successful career for herself as a jazz singer.

Playing Life is set into the backdrop of Louise’s show at a jazz club. She arrives for work bedraggled: both emotionally and due to the rain which has soaked her spirit through to the core. As she goes through the motions of preparing to perform she reveals the dark secrets of her stolen childhood, and how a love for jazz has both enabled her to express herself, and relate to, and ultimately understand, if not forgive, the mother who abused her.

Education and outreach: Playing Life is taken into schools and youth centres as an educational and outreach programme focusing on Child Abuse Awareness. The programme lasts approximately 1 hour, and includes the following information: Role plays, Group discussions/Exercises, Performances (Using live jazz, and stories to tell, and demonstrate the story). A trained workshop facilitator leads the sessions.

Most of children and young people experiencing abuse do not seek help, therefore we need schemes to reach out and approach them offering them a chance to speak out and mainly to tell them they are not alone and that others do suffer in the same manner and that they can move on.

The project is unique as it combines live music with drama and group activities to approach such a sensitive issue as Child Abuse.

“Louise, according to the blurb, "lives for jazz". An excellent singer, she uses music as an outlet for her problems, and as the play develops we soon realise the wealth of problems she faces: childhood violence, problems with men, and most importantly with herself, all emerge as Louise's monologue progresses. Interrupted only by occasional songs, backed on the piano by the play's only supporting character, it becomes clear that music is the only outlet she has. (…) A well executed concept, which was just the right length to hold the attention throughout.”

Playing Life, THREE WEEKS, 4 stars – Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2007