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Regional journalists to give talks as part of domestic violence theatre tour

A new collaboration will see regional journalists giving talks as part of a theatre performance about domestic violence.

Reporters who have worked on a Bureau of Investigative Journalism investigation into the state of domestic violence funding will talk about their work as part of Refuge Woman, a touring spoken-word show inspired by real events.

The show will tour in eight locations across England, with journalists working in the theatre’s locality giving talks at each performance.

Among those to speak at shows will be Emma Youle and Tom Bristow, from Archant’s investigations unit, Emma Pearson, from the Lancashire Post, Yorkshire Post assistant features editor Chris Burn and Caroline Barber, of Barrow-in-Furness-based daily The Mail.

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Maeve McClenaghan, investigative journalist and producer of the tour, said: “This is an exciting and ambitious way to bring these vital, important stories by local journalists to new audiences across the country, sparking debate along the way.

“Refuge Woman is a powerful and moving piece of theatre which will be the perfect introduction to a deeper conversation about how and why refuge provision varies across the country, with local journalists and experts exploring the situation in their area.”

The list of performances and journalists speaking is as follows:

Saturday 14 July – Norwich Puppet Theatre, with Tom Bristow from Archant

Wednesday 18 July – Lancaster: The Gregson Arts and Community Centre, with Emma Pearson from the Lancashire Post

Saturday 28 July – Birmingham: Stan’s Cafe, with Wan Ulfa Nur Zuhra from Birmingham Eastside

Friday 3 August – Bristol: The Alma Tavern & Theatre, with Lorna Stephenson from the Bristol Cable

Thursday 9 August – Leeds: Seven Arts Bar and Cafe with Chris Burn from the Yorkshire Post

Friday 24 August – East Sussex: Byline Festival, with Jasmine Andersson formerly with TBIJ

Sunday 2 September – Carlisle: Carlisle Fringe Festival, with Caroline Barber from The Mail

Thursday 8 November – London: Camden People’s Theatre, with Emma Youle from Archant

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