Tulips: A Radio Drama About Domestic Abuse & Men
Summary: Imagine you can hear a couple fighting - but you can’t see who’s raising their fists. How do you decide who’s in danger - is it the woman…or is it the man? The first full-length drama in 30 years to explore whether men can be victims of domestic abuse, “Tulips” is inspired by many true stories – including two celebrity court cases (those of Johnny Depp and Caroline Flack). This is a professionally-recorded full-cast adaptation of the stage play that was toured across the South East of England in 2019.
Imagine you can hear a couple fighting, but you can’t see who’s raising their fists. Who’s in danger - the woman, or the man? This is the question support worker Christine asks herself when she decides to make her female domestic abuse service available to male victims...and perpetrators. How can she distinguish the survivors from the abusers - while still offering a safe space for women? "Tulips" is the first full-length drama to explore domestic abuse in all its forms, across different ages - and across different genders. Inspired by many real-life cases of abuse, the stories of people who've tried to help female & male victims, and the debate surrounding several celebrities (including Johnny Depp and Amber Heard) - Secret Stories C.I.C presents a professionally recorded full-cast adaptation of the acclaimed 2019 stage play by Michael Beakhouse that was toured across the South East of England, shortlisted for the Putney Theatre Company’s “Revolutions” award and featured on BBC Radio Berkshire (2019 & 2021) & BBC South Today (June 2019). Secret Stories C.I.C also offer live performances, Q&A sessions & interactive 1hr “theatre in education” performances for schools, colleges, universities and workforces that want to explore the topic in greater detail. Please contact email@example.com for further information. Further information - including interviews with the writer and cast regarding the drama's reception and its journey towards the screen - can be found by following @tulipstheplay on Twitter / Facebook, and by following “Tulips: The Play” on YouTube. The radio drama is also available to anyone who might find it useful via Soundcloud and all major podcasting platforms. Support for male survivors is available via Mankind Initiative (01823 334244), Both Parents Matter (0333 050 6815); and Break The Silence (www.breakthesilence.co.uk), who have also published Lee Marks' book "Break The Silence: A Support Guide For Male Victims Of Domestic Abuse". Support for female survivors is available via the National Domestic Abuse helpline (0808 2000 247), Women's Aid (https://www.womensaid.org.uk) and Refuge (0808 2000 247). “Tulips” featured Peter Tavener as Jason and Derek Hogarth; Victoria Paterson as Christine, the Judge, and the Waitress; Belinda Duffy as Scarlet; and Michael Beakhouse as Alex. The play was recorded and mixed by Spriggan Productions. “All we know is the tip of the iceberg. Remarkable, a refreshing success” (Listomania) “Thought-provoking & necessary” (A Younger Theatre)