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Cutting Out

Viv Gordon

Sun 26 Sep 2021


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Age guidance 16+


£12* (£10*)



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Cutting Out

Viv Gordon

Part performance, part installation, part collective act of resistance – Cutting Out tells Viv’s 1 in 11 million story.

Viv cuts out chains of paper dolls.
Look, they are children holding hands.
When she is finished there will be 11 million of them.

She wants you to see them.
Each doll personifies a hidden story of survival.
Each cut of the scissors, a decisive expression of defiance.

The story of Viv’s hands (from abuse to activism) happens in a co-created installation of paper dolls holding hands in solidarity bearing witness to 11 million adult UK survivors of Child Sex Abuse.

‘I was struck from the outset by the beauty of this work, the delicacy, fragility, vitality, effervescence and its power and capacity for healing’
CSA Survivor

Raw, passionate truth [told with] hope, humanity and humour
CSA Survivor


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Written and performed by Viv Gordon

Directed and co-written by Tom Roden

Design by Imogen Harvey-Lewis

Music composed, performed and produced by Thomas Johnson

Produced by Emma Bettridge & Molly Scarborough

Supported by public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England

With additional support from Strike a Light, Exeter Northcott Theatre, Strode Theatre, Prema and Lighthouse Theatre.

VENUE: Exeter Phoenix, Studio 1

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