Abi Zakarian’s Fabric, Hammersmith Town Hall,1 Riverside Gardens, Hammersmith, London W6 9LE; Mon 24–Weds 26 Sept; from £6
Abi Zakarian’s Fabric with Workshop Programme comes to Hammersmith Town Hall. Director: Hannah Hauer-King ; Designer: Anna Reid ; Lighting Designer: Jess Bernberg Sound Designer: Anna Clock
Damsel Productions presents Abi Zakarian’s Fabric, a new production in support of Solace Women’s Aid will tour to Hammersmith Town Hall, following a run at Soho Theatre. Hammersmith and Fulham is one of four London boroughs identified by Solace Women’s Aid as a target area, Fabric will also be staged in Kingsgate Community Centre, Camden, Goodinge Community Centre, Islington and Draper Hall, Southwark. Directed by Hannah Hauer-King and starring Nancy Sullivan as Leah, Fabric opens at Hammersmith Town Hall on 24 September and closes on 26 September.
“I’m revolting. According to his mum. According to everyone.” Leah is smart, kind, recently promoted, and finally seems to ‘have it all’ when she gets to be the Mrs to Mr Ben Cavendish. But she finds herself revolting; revolting against a society and a judicial system that just won’t listen. Fabric gives voice to one woman’s experience of sexual violence and trauma. Through Leah we bear witness to how grey areas seep into everyday life, and how a million small things – some seemingly harmless – can result in one terrible act.
Each performance during the tour will be accompanied by an opportunity to learn more and get involved. The first performance at each venue will be followed by a Q&A session with a specialist panel. The second and third performances will be preceded by active workshops on bystander intervention; the first for young people aged 16-25 and the second for people of all ages and genders.
Post-show Q&A with specialist panel for everyone (16+)
A post-show panel discussion focussing on what’s next in the battle to end violence against women, with writer Abi Zakarian alongside representatives from Solace and their partner organisations.
Sexual harassment can be difficult to identify, and even more difficult to respond to. This session will help participants learn how to recognise sexual harassment and equip them with different strategies to safely respond and challenge behaviours, when it is happening to them and to someone else.
Workshop on bystander intervention for young people (16-25)
Workshop on bystander intervention for everyone (16+)