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A Voice for the Victims of Loan Sharks

July 2015

A Voice for the Victims of  Loan Sharks

Lauren G and Liam V gave outstanding performances at Bishop Auckland Castle.

Supported by Durham Constabulary, BATH was recently commissioned by the National Illegal Money Lending Team to create a number of theatrical pieces to raise awareness about loan sharks.

When money is tight, people will take drastic measures to survive financially and this can have major implications, therefore a key aspect of the plays was to portray the human side of the issue and give the victims a voice rather than reduce them to mere statistics. BATH’s performances, which took place at Bishop Auckland Castle, ranged from a chilling encounter with the devil incarnate to the story of Mother Molly the Marlin, loaning pearls to start a whale washing business, and the secrets families keep from each other.

Pieces were extremely powerful and students gave some outstanding performances. Liam V gave an extremely convincing and menacing performance in his role as a loan shark, as did his victim, Lauren G, both pictured here.

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