1 June 2016

Cuttin' It

Blog by Ann-Marie Wilson.

Last week I was pleased to be able to attend a performance of Charlene James' new play Cuttin' It at the Young Vic. This is an uncompromising piece of work which takes an important look at the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the UK. The play explores the issue of FGM through the views of two teenage girls, born in Somalia and now living in London.

As a campaigner I know how important story telling and art is in educating people and in helping us understand the world we live in. It is important that we break the silence surrounding FGM and talk openly about how it is affecting so many girls, women and families. FGM is a devastating practice and it is up to all of us to stand against it. This play is important, powerful and moving. I urge you all to see it.

I was joined at the performance by three friends all of whom are teachers and all of us were impressed by the play, the direction and touching performances. Here are some of our thoughts:

"A senstive, yet brutally open portrayal of FGM in 21st Century Britain. As a teacher this matters." Philomena

"Somalia is close to my heart from my work there and this is a fabulous message from two strong and real voices. I am glad I can teach students at University about FGM." Beth

"This play should be on the English Literature GSCE curriculum. This was true art - beautifully crafted and with an important message." Barbara

The play is showing at the Young Vic Theatre in London until 11th June - details here.