He says, someone as beautiful as you deserves sapphire and rubies. I tell him it rains diamonds on Saturn and he puts his warm hands on my cheeks and whispers to me. You’re my diamond Zoe. I can’t describe the way he looks at me. Makes me feel like someone who’s got something worth looking at.
Child Z by award winning playwright, Sarah Hehir, is a hard hitting new play which gives voice to a young girl trapped at the centre of a child grooming ring. The play addresses the failures to protect children who have been groomed and sexually exploited by gangs in the UK and is based on the playwright’s extensive research and interviews. Child Z has received the support of the charity Tender UK and Simon Danczuk, MP for Rochdale who was active in bringing the Rochdale child grooming scandal to the public’s attention.
‘I silently wept. It’s a fabulous piece of writing’ Susie McDonald, director, TENDER UK
‘It’s good to know my difficult interview with an appallingly abused young woman has inspired such a play.’ Dame Jenni Murray
Short Play Showcase
Child Z will be followed by a showcase of short plays in which playwrights were asked to explore situations in which people are struggling to be heard by authorities/services/organisations/systems. The plays have been selected from over 300 submissions:
Sunday, 21st June 2015
Exponentially Worse by Sam Steiner, directed by Jim O’Donnell
Ritual of Thwarted Desire by Christopher Adams, directed by Lydia Parker
House-Proud by Ben Stevens, directed by Charlie Ely
Sunday, 28th June 2015
What a Waste by Claudia Marinaro, directed by Hannah Jones
Evidence by Mari Lloyd, directed by Saul Reid
Meat by Joe Ledbury, directed by Faye Merralls
Black Cloud by Chris O’Connor, directed by Suvi Peisanen