Shedding light on violence

Power of performance: The one-man show about violence and the role of bystanders will be performed by actor Glenn Maynard. Picture: supplied

Power of performance: The one-man show about violence and the role of bystanders will be performed by actor Glenn Maynard. Picture: supplied

A unique theatre performance about dating violence and the role of bystanders aims to challenge community attitudes.

The show, You The Man, is being performed in three south-west locations during a 16-day campaign to highlight violence against women.

One actor plays six characters grappling with their responses to issues surrounding unhealthy relationship issues.

The performance emphasises the role bystanders can play in interrupting cycles of relationship violence.

Family violence training facilitator Steve Dawkins said the whole community would benefit from viewing the performance.

“The performance is a raw and powerful way of showing just how complex the impact of violence is on everyone within the community,” he said.

"It also models different forms of supportive bystander responses which helps us learn how we can work together to make a difference and create stronger communities.”

At the conclusion of the show, which is aimed at people from the age of 14, a panel discussion takes place between key figures working in domestic and family violence roles.

The show has been performed in the US since 2002 and has been adapted to suit Australian audiences.

Global activism surrounding gendered violence started on November 25, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women, and will run until December 10.

You The Man was performed in Portland on Tuesday night, Warrnambool on Wednesday night and will be shown in Camperdown on Thursday night.

Registration is free, and can be completed at womenshealthbsw.org.au or on 5500 5490.

  • Confidential domestic violence counselling is available on 1800 737 732.
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