She, a production staged in close partnership with Birmingham & Solihull Women’s Aid, confronts painful realities, finds Annika Spalding
How does life involved with gangs affect teenage girls? That’s the question She seeks to answer, showing the experiences of three teenagers who have become entwined with gang life. Its revelations are concerning and deeply sad and the involvement of Birminghan & Solihull Women’s Aid is a reminder that this story does not only exist on a fictional landscape.
Picking up on all-too-familiar themes, She considers the reactions of those involved. Annika writes:
There is a real emphasis on girls being silenced; the opening scene shows around 20 young girls in school uniforms, all standing or sitting silently with red tape on their mouths. Eventually, one girl speaks up, then another follows, all detailing their experiences of relationships and offering various points of view. “It wasn’t her fault,” one girl repeats, arguing with another who insists, “She knew what she was getting into.”
Photo credit: Graeme Braidwood.