On Sunday 21st October, “What Would Julie Do?” returned to the Pheasantry with a brand new programme titled “Ready to be loved”. The theme of the show was self-love and relationships and we were supporting the Domestic Violence Intervention Project. I was joined by returning ‘Juliez’ Elise Betts and Lucy Clough, and new additions to the team: Rhiannon Moushall and Leonie Schliesing. The headliner was the stunning Gloria Onitiri (Hadestown, The Bodyguard, The Lion King) who treated us to a varied set including beautiful renditions of jazz classics “Misty” and “Lover, Come back to me” and the classic belter “Maybe this Time” from Cabaret. My wonderful musical director, Matthew Samer, was a dream on the keys and had arranged another CRAZY 5 voice mash up (“Can’t help Lovin’ That Man” from Showboat with Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance”). I rewrote another couple of Julie classics for the occasion: “The Simple Joys of Maidenhood” from Camelot became a tongue in cheek look at modern dating and My Fair Lady‘s “Without You” became a darkly comic look at leaving an abusive relationship.
We were delighted to be joined by some representatives from the Domestic Violence Intervention Project who really enjoyed the show. The charity is a division of the Richmond fellowship which have been providing multi-award winning services keeping women, young people and children safe for over 25 years. Every year they help over 1800 people across London.
- They build safer and happier communities by delivering specialist behaviour change programmes for perpetrators to end and reduce their abusive behaviours and attitudes, support the recovery of survivors and help young people and children be safe in their homes.
- They are the UK’s largest provider of domestic violence perpetrator programmes and the first organisation in London to develop and deliver a range of specialist services to all members of families affected by domestic violence.
Nathalie from the DVIP was kind enough to give me some information about domestic violence that I shared with the audience at the show:
- Domestic violence is very common, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will experience it.
- Domestic violence is never the victim’s fault.
- All responsibility lies with the abuser – the use of such behaviour is a choice and is never OK.
- If someone you know is in an abusive relationship:
- Listen to them
- Believe them
- Tell them no one deserves to be treated in that way
- Tell them they’re not alone and that there is support available – We’ve put the numbers for the national domestic violence helplines in our programme.
I was thrilled that our audience collection and donation of 10% of profits raised £170 for the DVIP. I know they will put the funds to excellent use. For more information about the charity, visit http://www.dvip.org