Yvonne Martin guides us through story after story of a wild, fun and tragic relationship history. The highs and the lows keep coming until they merge, the figure of her greatest love and worst nightmare. How did she find herself here? Most importantly, how can she make sure it never happens again?
Brick is Yvonne’s writing debut and first time performing in Australia. The London actress has performed in many productions in the UK ranging from Shakespeare on Southbank to new writing at Udderbelly, Edinburgh Fringe.
Yvonne has used this show to detangle the unfounded shame she felt surrounding the abuse she suffered. It is not the most shocking account you will hear, it is however the most common. Brick is an insight for those who have never experienced this kind of abuse and solidarity for those who have.
Brick is for all who identify as a feminist, supporters of the #MeToo movement and those who recognise the need for change.
Initial workshops 8th – 12th July. Rehearsals commence late August.
There is a huge stigma around domestic abuse and victim blaming is rife. Media headlines such as “Girl left party with her attacker” rather than “Man brutally attacks woman” just go to prove this.
We need to stop asking “Why do they stay?” and start asking “Why do they abuse?”
A survey of domestic violence data in Australia revealed that 1 in 3 women have experienced at least one incident of violence from a current or former partner since the age of 15.
1 in 4 women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner since the age of 15.
1 in 3 young people don’t think controlling someone is a form of violence.
It’s time to change the narrative.
Women need the right to exercise autonomy over themselves without the fear of repercussions.
Violence is not the only factor in abuse, there are many other variations that often get overlooked.
By supporting Brick, you will be contributing to raising awareness of these lesser discussed factors.
Donations will be used for general production costs including, rehearsal venue, director’s fees and marketing to extend the reach of this production.
Brick will be part of Melbourne Fringe 2019, performing at The Burrow 24th-29th September. The hope is to generate enough interest to continue further runs at other Melbourne based venues raising awareness and funds for Victorian based domestic violence charities. This show is, and will continue to be, a not for profit production. As well as collecting for charities at the end of each performance, any and all profits from this run or future runs will be donated to charities committed to changing these statistics.
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