A new theatrical production in Winnipeg is exploring the issue of how youth experience the child and family services (CFS) system.
Sarasvàti Productions is presenting “Giving Voice,” a forum theatre piece developed through workshop sessions with youth and under the guidance of artistic director Hope McIntyre.
The production follows the journey of two youth as they move through the system. Sally is only 11 when she requests being removed from her family and Josh is apprehended at the same age. The play will explore the issues that youth in foster care have had to deal with, from the stigma of being in care to the challenges of an overwrought system.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with such an important organization,” said McIntyre. “In fact, the idea for Giving Voice actually came from youth in the VOICES program who saw our plays “Empty” and “Diss” and wanted to create a play to tell their stories. Our goal is to increase understanding of what kids in care go through.”
Giving Voice will tour from October 13 to November 28 to schools in Winnipeg and surrounding areas. A public preview will run on October 9 at the Graffiti Gallery at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5. A free public performance will take place at the Millennium Library on November 2 at 2:30 p.m.