HURRIED STEPS is a hard hitting, powerful play
by Dacia Maraini, translated by Sharon Wood.
Written by Dacia Maraini to support Amnesty International's Stop Violence Against Women and Girls campaign. The hour long play stimulates a discussion between panels of experts and audiences to investigate the reason behind gender-based violence.
"It gives you an international insight into the whole issue" - Audience feedback, Sydney
Dacia Maraini is a renowned Italian feminist playwright, novelist, poet and journalist. She has won awards for her work, including the Formentor Prize for L'età del malessere (1963); the Premio Fregene for Isolina (1985); the Premio Campiello and Book of the Year Award for La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (1990); and the Premio Strega for Buio (1999). She was nominated for both the Man Booker Prize (2011) and the Nobel Prize for Literature (2012).
“With hurried steps these women flee from pain and discrimination. Inspired by real facts reported by Amnesty International, the text is a testimony, an accusation, a gesture of solidarity and acknowledgment of all those women who are still prisoners of forced marriage, of a violent family, of a hustler, of tradition or of age-old discriminations which are so difficult to overcome.” Dacia Maraini.
The HURRIED STEPS stories are based on the experiences of real women from Belgium, Italy, Jordan, UK, Mexico , Nigeria, Tibet, Australia and Albania. The latest story - about FGM - was premiered in Sydney in November 2017. There is always a discussion panel following the performance.
The play has been performed to support the UN Women's Campaign - 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence, White Ribbon Day, International Women's Day, Domestic Violence Awareness Week and Anti-Slavery Day it is suitable for Age 15yrs upwards.
There is always a collection for the local women's services.
The full UK text was first produced in Association with the Finborough Theatre, London. The FGM story project was supported through the British Artists International Development Fund