Bullet Hole to be Performed at Park Theatre During Black History Month

Gloria Williams, Doreene Blackstock and Anni Domingo c. Naiad Photography
Gloria Williams, Doreene Blackstock and Anni Domingo c. Naiad Photography

Freedom Tongues and Naiad Productions in association with Park Theatre are proud to present Bullet Hole by Gloria Williams, which is set to be performed at Park Theatre from 2nd to 27th October during Black History Month.

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.

Bullet Hole first premiered at the 2017 Camden Fringe Festival and later was nominated for the Alfred Fagon Audience Choice Award. Freedom Tongues and Naiad Productions are delighted to be working with Park Theatre to present this re-worked version of the script.

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.

What’s in a gift? Young Londoner Cleo was given her ‘gift’ at age seven – except that ‘gift’ left her with type 3 Female Genital Mutilation.

How can Cleo love her body, when she is further scarred by a brutal sexual assault at the hands of her husband? From this hideous act, Cleo resolves to go against her family’s wishes and seek reversal surgery. On her journey of healing, she meets Eve, a fellow FGM survivor who is instantly drawn to her…

Playwright and actress Gloria Williams said: “I have always been passionate about exposing the issues affecting the black community. My first play ‘Monday’ explored child abuse in a Black British religious family.

I developed ‘Bullet Hole’ as I believed writing a play about Female Genital Mutilation was 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. I hope that the production serves to raise awareness, using drama as a tool to educate audiences.

Black History Month is a time to shine a light on issues within the diaspora. However, ‘Bullet Hole’ is not just a celebration of Black arts, but a wake-up call for everyone to acknowledge society’s acts against human/women/children rights”.

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