Press Releases 2017

UWTSD graduate touring Wales in new production

27.01.2017

Francesca Dimech, who graduated from University of Wales Trinity Saint David in 2006, has landed a role in a new production that is currently touring venues throughout Wales. The play, which is called ‘Enough is Enough’ opened in Newport on 24th January and has already received 4* reviews from entertainment newspaper The Stage.  

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Enough is Enough was written by Meltem Arikan and directed by Memet Ali Alabora, with music by Maddie Jones. The cast include Maddie Jones, Pınar Öğün, Francesca Dimech and Emma Daman Thomas, who play members of a band. This gritty production, which is staged as a gig, tells  real stories of sexual violence through song and dark humour.

Francesca studied Welsh Studies and Media Studies in UWTSD’s Lampeter campus and later worked as an Entertainment Officer for the campus. She said: “When we were putting the dates together, I insisted to the production team that we had to stop at Lampeter - and they agreed. It would be fantastic to have a full house in the town that I love and have such fond memories of. Since graduating from Lampeter I've had a successful career as a TV Subtitler, Musician and Actor and owe so much to the University for my training and experiences.” Francesca also has several projects of her own that are ongoing, including her creation Francesca’s Word Salad. This latest production is darker than many of her other projects. She said: “It is very challenging but we are enjoying the experience very much. It’s a real eye opener.”  

francesca on stage

Author Meltem Arikan said: “Despite all the measure and precautions around the world, abuse, rape and incest cannot be stopped. No matter how hard the states, institutions and organisations try to implement sanctions, no matter how many awareness campaigns are run, individuals often ignore the pains caused by these incidents.  The aim of this production is to show audiences how these issues are part of each and every one of our lives and that these things can happen to anyone.  Using the means of theatre, music, dance, humour and surprise, we want to create at least a small feeling of awareness, a ‘what if’ moment in the audience that these issues are not far from all of us, and that we often, rather unconsciously, ignore the traumas being experienced around us.”

The Enough is Enough band have also released a self-titled debut single from the show, which is available to buy from the show’s website. Be Aware Productions Limited was founded in January 2015 by actress and director Pınar Öğün to create innovative performing and audio-visual art works.  The company aims to produce works with an international dimension and appeal that explore, challenge and expand the limits of the discipline in which they are produced. The company has been selected for Chapter’s new Associate Artist Programme, Peilot, and this production will be the first supported tour from the scheme.

Meltem Arikan (Writer), Memet Ali Alabora (Director and Actor) and Pınar Öğün have worked together on various projects in Turkey since 2009.  This is the first play by the main creative team in Wales. Their last play Mi Minor was accused by Turkish government officials and pro-­government media of being the “rehearsal” for the 2013 Gezi Park protests in Istanbul. The resulting smear campaign forced them to leave the country and start living in Wales.

Director of Be Aware Productions and performer in Enough is Enough, Pınar Öğün said: “It’s a real pleasure for us as a company to be travelling Wales with this production. Since arriving in Cardiff over three years ago we have had such a warm welcome and we have met a great deal of wonderful people. We are really excited about this production - it’s challenging and it’s daring but it’s also fun and will make the audience think differently we hope. We can’t wait to get going!”

Following each performance, a Shout It All Out Session will be held, where the audience will have a chance to respond to the play’s themes and questioned raised, and discuss how to take action themselves. Enough is Enough aims to start a national conversation about sexual violence and the issues raised in the production. The tour will finish in Pontypridd on February 19th, with a special performance to follow on the 8th of April at Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff where the cast and crew will also share their experiences of the whole tour.

The company’s first production was a short film entitled Exhibit, which has won several awards and has been selected to be shown at festivals around the world.

Tickets for Enough is Enough can be found online.

www.enoughisenough-theplay.com

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Note to Editor

Enough is Enough tour dates

24.01.17 Barnabas Arts House, Newport

26.01.17 Theatr Clwyd

27.01.17 Monty Club, Newtown

28.01.17 Town Hall, Welshpool   

30.01.17 The Little Theatre, Rhyl   

01.02.17 Neuadd Ogwen, Bethesda

03.02.17 Ucheldre Theatre, Holyhead

04.02.17 Bar 46, Aberystwyth

05.02.17 Magic Lantern, Tywyn

06.02.17 The Guildhall, Cardigan

08.02.17 Victoria Hall, Lampeter

09.02.17 Taibach Rugby Club, Port Talbot   

10.02.17 The Arts Wing, Swansea

11.02.17 The Queen's Hall, Narberth   

12.02.17 The Parrot, Carmarthen   

15.02.17 Ebbw Vale Institute

16.02.17 Con Club, Aberdare

17.02.17 Theatr Soar, Merthyr Tudfil

18.02.17 Memo, Newbridge

19.02.17 Clwb y Bont, Pontypridd

08.04.17 Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff

Further Information

  1. For further information, please contact: Cate Hopkins, Press and Media Officer on: Catherine.Hopkins@uwtsd.ac.uk / 07872 423 788