SOLD brings tales of human trafficking to Llanelli's Ffwrnes
A GRITTY play looking at true accounts of human trafficking is coming to a Llanelli theatre.
SOLD by Jennifer S. Hartley plays at Stiwdio Stepni in Llanelli's Ffwrnes theatre on October 23 and 24. Theatre Versus Oppression Welsh Theatre Company's (TVO) production tells real stories from the victims of human trafficking in Wales.
Creator of the play, and founder of TVO, Jennifer S. Hartley said: "Human trafficking was always an issue I saw as something that happened elsewhere.
"With this project I learned it was happening on our doorstep.
"The stories I heard were shocking and disturbing, a wake up call to an issue that is far serious than most of us could ever realise."
In SOLD, six characters collide at a city centre bus stop, and in the chill of a series of winter evenings, they share their pains with one another.
Each comes from a different background and circumstances, and all are of different ages, each with their own shocking story trafficking.
The play highlights the issue of trafficking in Wales blending between moving moments and at times dark humour.
According to Theatre Verses Oppression, Wales's ports are a "key point of entry" for the trafficking into the country.
Talking about the inspiration for writing SOLD, Hartley said that it had come out of a previous play on domestic abuse called Til Death Do Us Part?
She said: "It became extremely important to me to educate people about the truth of the situation, to raise awareness and interest and to prepare young people for the very real dangers that are so close.
"Human trafficking is not someone else's problem – it touches all of our lives whether we realise it or not."
Due to the content of the show, which includes strong language, it is only suitable for 13+ with guidance.
The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are available for the Ffwrnes theatre box office for £10 or £8 concessions.