In 2013, the British Council supported the touring production of 'Roadkill' in the United States, and organized a public policy program to discuss the issue of sex-trafficking.
Cora Bissett’s critically-acclaimed play, 'Roadkill', was the first production in Edinburgh Fringe Festival history to win every major theatre award in 2010. Roadkill is based on a real-life encounter with a young woman who has been trafficked from Nigeria to the US and forced into prostitution. Staged in a seemingly normal apartment, the site-specific nature of the work places the audience in the young woman’s world, as they witness in close quarters how her hopes of a new life are turned into violent scenes of brutality and captivity.
The US premiere of this work toured in Chicago and New York City, showing at the Chicago Shakespeare Theatre from May 11 to 28, 2013; and at St Ann's Warehouse in New York City from June 4 to 30, 2013. We organized a showing of 'Roadkill' for professionals from the legal and law enforcement fields, including the NYPD and FBI, and the corrections sector in New York City. By seeing the harsh realities dramatized in this performance, this select group were able to intellectually and emotionally connect with the social injustice it exposed, and share their experience of this piece with their peers.
'Roadkill' Public Policy Program on sex trafficking
The British Council organized a public program to complement the US tour of 'Roadkill', to increase public awareness of the issue of sex-trafficking. Through a series of public discussions with leading experts, we reached new audiences, enabled important policy dialogue, and created a project legacy through digital and print publications to enrich the experience of seeing the play. The program was delivered by British Council in partnership with the presenting theatres, universities, advocacy groups, government and law enforcement.