Feeding the Darkness

Feeding the Darkness

Shining a Light on State Sanctioned Torture through Story, Song and Poem

The wonderful Journeyman Theatre will be bringing their latest thought provoking production to Bury St Edmunds Meeting House on Saturday 13 May at 7.30pm.

Commissioned through Quaker Concern for the Abolition of Torture and brought to us by Amnesty International and Freedom from Torture, Feeding the Darkness takes its title from the words of James Naylor ‘Art Thou in Darkness? Mind it not for if thou dost, it will fill thee more……

Immersive in style, Feeding the Darkness frames verbatim and faction monologues, duologues and poetry as a series of ministries which challenge our ignorance and avoidance of the sensitive and disturbing subject of state-sanctioned torture.

It features such wide-ranging material as: the experiences of the mother of Private Lynddie England (court-marshalled for her role in the abuse of Abu Ghraib detainees); a Kurdish asylum seeker at an appeal tribunal; and the role of trained medical professionals in torture.

The production both underlines the Quaker position on torture and encourages us to examine how the UN Convention Against Torture is clearly being abused by UK and world-wide governments.

The 65 minute performance is a result of extensive research into the dark world of state-sanctioned torture and its stark impact on victims, perpetrators, families and those who collude in the process. The show will be followed by refreshments and an informal discussion of the issues involved.

Admission is free, but there will be a retiring collection split equally between Amnesty International and Freedom from Torture. If you can notify Avril of your intention to attend that would be a helpful.