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SpeakUp Survivors

A new project co led by Izzy Kabban and Verity Richards

We are over the moon to have been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Community Fund to work with female survivors of domestic and sexual abuse across London & Manchester.

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What are we doing? 

We are Izzy and Verity (pictured here!) We have just been awarded a grant from the National Lottery to work with women in  Manchester and London who have survived domestic and sexual abuse. Over two years we want to run a series of drama workshops focusing on theatre making, building confidence, and most importantly building community & having fun.  As fellow lived experience leaders we know the power in seeing your stories and experiences represented on stage with care and love. We want to offer you the chance to feed into a performance we are creating which will go on a small tour in 2023. At its heart, this project is about empowering our fellow survivors using creativity, at a level, time and place that works for them.  The National Lottery grant means that we can offer all of this free of charge. 

What will I gain? 

From taking part in the project you would become part of a creative community of survivors. We want to support you to explore your creative voice, building a safe space for you to talk, share, create and collaborate. By the end of our interactions you would become creatively autonomous, able to independently make your own creative work, as well as part of a collective of survivors who will together create a powerful piece of theatre and have their voices heard. 

Some examples of programmes we've run so far: 

  • A half day taster workshop (with a translator) in a women's refuge exploring poetry writing and crafting. 

  • A 3 day workshop in women's refuge focused on dance for women whose first language is not English.

  • A 10 week project for survivors, meeting once a week on Zoom. Over the weeks participants chose to write their own monologues and poems based on their experiences of abuse, with an aim to educate audiences and share their lived experience to empower themselves and others.

You don't need any acting/theatre experience whatsoever.  


For more info about upcoming opportunities please email

How can I get involved?

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