Bath Spa University Graduates Work with Patrick Stewart to Raise Awareness of Domestic Violence

Dec 2 2011 10:36 AM

Theatre Company “Unique Voice” has been in the spotlight after performing at a Bristol school alongside Sir Patrick Stewart, to raise awareness of domestic violence. The prestigious actor is a patron of the theatre company which tours schools to run drama workshops that educate children about social issues.

The members of Unique Voice graduated from Bath Spa University in 2009 and were finalists in the University’s business plan competition with their theatre company start-up proposal. They students have made a huge success of Unique Voice creating a fresh, new and dynamic theatre company that is dedicated to vocalising current issues in society with raw passion and creativity. Since leaving the University they have secured a range of high-profile contracts, including working with Bristol City Council.

Sir Patrick Stewart got involved with the current project because he experienced the terrible effect of domestic violence after seeing his father beating his mother as a child. As part of the actor’s visit he attended Oasis Academy in Hengrove and watched Unique Voice's drama programme titled, Me+You=4eva.

Before introducing Me+You=4eva, Sir Patrick talked to the students about his own personal experience. He explained that “it was not taken seriously” and that domestic violence “was something to be ashamed of - a secret”.

Impressed with the work that Unique Voice is presenting to schools, Sir Patrick described it as “magnificent” and “remarkable”. He believes that awareness of domestic violence is improving dramatically because organisations like this “are letting people know what the facts of domestic violence are.” Around 2,000 children from 27 schools in the area have been involved in the programme.

Unique Voice Company Director Krystal Keekey, said the team were "overjoyed" to welcome Sir Patrick Stewart to see their work first hand.

Bath Spa University graduates involved in the project include: Krystal Keekey, Vicky Dias, Cat Sparkes, Daniel Langridge, Matthew Ward, Suzanne Booth, Ruth Stokes and Sarah Fullagar.