Feeding the Darkness
We are delighted to promote our especially commissioned production of Feeding the Darkness, a 65 minute immersive performance that challenges ignorance and avoidance of the subject of torture.
Journeyman Theatre is now taking this production around the country following its premier at the yearly meeting of Quakers in Britain in May 2016. Find out more about on this on www.journeymentheatre.com
See also on this site Newsletter No 24 and article from the Friend 29th July 2016.
22nd and 23rd June, 7.30pm Renfield St Stevens, Glasgow
25th June 1.30pm Bournemouth Quaker Meeting House
Between 8th and 10th September as part of Conwy PeaceWorks event
UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, 26th June
This falls on a Monday this year but you might consider marking it at a meeting or service on the Sunday, the day before, perhaps with a vigil or discussion meeting or a collection for Freedom from Torture or marking out a labyrinth for people to walk while holding the victims “in the light”, as Quakers say. There is an official website at www.un.org/en/events/torturevictimsday. It would also be a chance to remind Quakers of Q-CAT’s involvement on behalf of Britain Yearly Meeting. Although this day is primarily about people who have been tortured, Q-CAT is keen to emphasise that everyone involved is damaged: torturers and others involved in a torture session, those who give the orders and those higher up the chain of command who authorise or collude in its use.
Proving Torture, a talk by Dr Bernie Gregory of Freedom from Torture
Dr Bernie Gregory will give the talk on Friday 7th July at 2pm at Colwyn Bay Quaker Meeting House and 7pm at Chester Quaker Meeting House. She is a GP and has worked for the NHS for over 30 years. Since 2013 she has worked in the Medico-Legal Reports Service for Freedom from Torture, the only organisation in the UK dedicated solely to the treatment and rehabilitation of survivors of torture. In that role she assess survivors of torture who have made it to the UK and prepares medico-legal reports to support their asylum applications.
Q-CAT Workshop Quakers and Torture 10 Questions to get us thinking
This will be held during the Quaker Yearly Meeting Gathering 29th July to 5th August at Warwick University.
It is also available to be held at Quaker meetings. If you are interested in this for your meeting please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Protest at the Arms Fair (Defence and Security Equipment International)
This Fair is to be held from 12th to 15th September in London. We plan to be part of the Quaker Peace and Social Witness demonstration against it, in the run-up, on the No Faith in War Day Tuesday 5th September, when a coalition of faith groups will gather for a day of worship, prayer and nonviolent resistance, as truckloads of equipment arrive at DSEI. So far the programme for the day is 9.00 Gather for prayer, 11.00 Quaker Meeting for Worship, 12.30 to 14.00ish Bring and Share lunch and interfaith speakers. Further details in due course. ( There is also a Big Day of Action on Saturday 9th September and a silent vigil in the evening of Monday 11th September.) Q-CAT placards will focus on UK must not sell tools for torture.