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Q&A with Lara Genovese – Director of Bullet Hole

Bullet HoleFreedom Tongues and Naiad Productions in association with Park Theatre present Bullet Hole by Gloria Williams, which is at Park Theatre from 2nd to 27th October 2018.

Bullet Hole explores the relationship between three Black, British born women who are survivors of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The piece explores the physical, mental and emotional effects this practice causes and shines a light on the institutions in Britain that can offer support. At its heart, Bullet Hole is a story of hope, love and human rights, played by an all-female cast.

The play is directed by Lara Genovese (founder of Naiad Productions) and stars Gloria Williams (who also wrote the play), Doreene Blackstock and Anni Domingo.

Our Q&A with Lara Genovese:

Q: What is at the heart of Bullet Hole?
Lara: Bullet Hole explores the relationship between three Black, British born women who are survivors of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The piece explores the physical, mental and emotional effects this practice causes and shines a light on the institutions in Britain that can offer support. At its heart, Bullet Hole is a story of hope, love and human rights, played by an all-female cast

Q: What aims did you have for the production?
Lara: Writing a play about Female Genital Mutilation is a good platform to condemn an old tradition which oppresses women. This brutal practice is still present in our current time, worldwide spread and is not spoken about enough. The production serves to raise awareness, using drama as a tool to educate audiences.

Q: What were the reasons for ‘re-working’ the script?
Lara: We had our first script tested at the Camden Fringe Festival 2017 and took on board all the notes from reviewers, friends, industry professionals. It is now an upgraded version which we hope better outlines and defines the problem and also is a more refined theatrical piece.

Q: What challenges for the cast and director?
Lara: I guess the biggest challenge for us is to avoid falling into the patterns of the previous staging. Also, it is quite a delicate theme so inevitably it will create controversial opinions.

Q: What message(s) do you hope to get across with Bullet Hole?
Lara: That hope is out there, strength is out there and that the new generation will not close their eyes or avoid to voice out what is wrong with society. Gloria and I would love for the audience to walk out of the theatre and feel empowered by the knowledge that the more this problem (or any other issue) is addressed, the more we can save lives a prevent such brutal practice to take place further.
There are 8 charities on board and their info will be printed on the show programme for support and information.

Q: Do you envisage the production ‘developing’ further?
Lara: We have high expectations of this progressing to a bigger scale production and thoughts of drafting a screenplay about it.

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Creative Team
Writer – Gloria Williams
Producers – Gloria Williams and Lara Genovese
Director – Lara Genovese
Creative Assistant – Emma Zadow
Sound Designer – Ed Clarke
Lighting Designer – Rajiv Pattani
Designer – Lara Genovese
Photography – Naiad Photography
DSM – Ricky McFadden
Social Media Marketing- Roberto Landi

This production is supported by the following Charities:
UnCUT/VOICES, COUNCIL OF EX-MUSLIMS, THE VAVENGERS, SAFE HANDS FOR GIRLS, 28 TOO MANY, NATIONAL FGM CENTRE, LA FRATERNITE GUINEÉNNE, FORWARD, GLOBAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN TO END FGM, THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF MIDWIVES

Freedom Tongues & Naiad Productions in association with Park Theatre present
Bullet Hole
By Gloria Williams
Directed by Lara Genovese
Plays: 2nd – 27th Oct 2018

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