UNIVERSITY NEWS LAST UPDATED : 10 JUNE 2016
Playwright and Birmingham School of Acting graduate, Charlene James, is to bring her 'Cuttin’ It' theatre show to Birmingham next week which explores the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) in Britain and the price that some girls pay to become a woman.
Originally written for radio, 'Cuttin’ It' follows Somalia-born schoolgirls Muna and Iqra as they discover their families share a painful secret.
“Female genital mutilation is an extremely urgent issue and to put it plain and simple, it’s child abuse,” said Charlene, from Quinton in Birmingham.
“When researching, I read the stories of women in African countries who had been affected by FGM and how many of them are still living with the consequences today, both physical and psychological.
“I then read about FGM happening in Scotland and the problem suddenly became something that I felt the UK should not be shying away from”, added Charlene. “Girls are being mutilated here, on our doorstep. If we’re not doing anything, we’re part of the problem.”
Earlier this year it was revealed that more than two cases of FGM were being reported in Birmingham and the West Midlands every day.
Described by The Telegraph as ‘unforgettable’ and ‘heartbreaking and harrowing’ by Financial Times, Charlene explains that although the play addresses a heavy subject, audiences can still expect to laugh.
'Cuttin’ It' is at Birmingham Rep from 14 – 18 June, with tickets costing £13.50.
*Image courtesy of David Sandison