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Abuse victims perform pantomime

The team at the Reading Churches Women's Centre (From left to right: Elaine and David Chalmers-Brown, Sarah de Nordwall, Jane Turner and Susannah Wilson)
Jane Turner (2nd from right) led the workshops at Wesley Methodist Church

A group of Berkshire women who have suffered domestic abuse or battled mental illness and disabilities are putting on their own special pantomime.

They had the idea during drama and arts workshops held by Christian group Pilgrim Hearts at the Reading Churches Women's Centre.

The women have created their own version of Snow White based on their life experiences.

They will perform it at the centre on 19 January to an invited audience.

'Chance to speak'

The workshops, called Voice to the Voiceless and aimed at helping women who feel vulnerable to express their needs, were held at the centre at Wesley Methodist Church, in Queens Road throughout 2009.

They were led by Jane Turner and explored the role of women in society throughout the ages using dance, costumes, writing, video and drama.

Ms Turner said: "These women are in need of a voice, they need help to express themselves.

"The workshops allowed them to see what is possible and gave them a chance to speak, growing in confidence and proving their abilities despite their problems."



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