Sun 26 Sep 2021
Age guidance 16+
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’
‘Raw, passionate truth [told with] hope, humanity and humour‘
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.