The Octagon Theatre are delighted to welcome the return of Melodramatics’ powerful and significant production Seeing Red (24 – 25 November), which was first performed in the Studio in September this year to incredible audience response.

The play was written by, and stars, members of the Melodramatics theatre company, who originally met at the New Bury Community Theatre group, organised by the Octagon and Bolton at Home. Using their own experience of domestic violence to inform the piece, Seeing Red explores how even the simple act of choosing a bra can have devastating consequences for women in abusive relationships.

Created to raise awareness of domestic violence, and to generate a dialogue that empowers people to make

changes in their own lives, the production returns as part of the national project ’16 Days of Activism Against Domestic Violence’ (25 November – 10 December). The project, which first begun at the Women’s Global

Leadership Institute in 1991, is aimed at businesses in an effort to support them in taking action against domestic abuse and violence, and over 5,000 groups across 187 countries take part today.

Lisa O’Neill-Rogan, who directed the play and is Community Development Officer at Bolton at Home, commented: “The play was created using the women’s lived experiences of domestic violence, it’s a powerful and important piece, and having the opportunity to come back to the Octagon to perform this piece again will mean we can reach more people and continue the dialogue about services being cut.”

Recommended for ages 16 years and over, there will be post-show discussions following each performance of

Seeing Red, during which audience members can discuss the topics raised with the cast themselves. The post-show discussions will also be attended by relevant domestic abuse and violence charities, who will be available to provide guidance and support.

Excitingly, there will also be the opportunity to get involved with Melodramatics and Bolton Central drama group, both of which are open to adults over the age of 18, with the latter specifically open to men and women living in

Bolton at Home properties. Both groups are actively seeking new members, with Melodramatics beginning work on a new piece about mental health, and the Central Group a new devised piece, in January.

Melodramatics member Kelly Heselwood commented: “Melodramatics has given me a support network that will be friends for life. We are all open with each other and that’s why we have been able to do Seeing Red.”

Melodramatics meet at the New Bury Community Centre on Thursdays from 1-3pm, and the Central Group meets at the Octagon Theatre from 10am – 12pm, also on Thursdays.

Source- Octagon Theatre