Sport, violence and women

Lismore has the highest rate of domestic violence incidents in the Northern Rivers (Tweed to Coffs). That’s pretty frightening and reflects the values we hold as a society.

When Paul Vautin patted Matthew Johns on the shoulder during the Footy Show and declared, “All right mate, well said. All right, let’s get on with the show,” he consigned the cowardly group sex incident involving a young New Zealand women to little more than a bad joke.

Nearly one in three women aged over 18 has experienced physical violence since they were 15 and 58% of women recently surveyed said they were too scared to walk alone at night.

Version 1.0’s latest theatre piece This Kind Of Ruckus is about gender, power, control and violence. The team who bought us Deeply Offensive and Utterly Untrue (a Norpa presentation last year) has ramped up their scathing insights into modern Australian culture with a work that is both confronting and contemporary.

The show combines the words of high profile sporting players with dynamic movement, sound and modern performance technology.

This Kind of Ruckus is on at Lismore City Hall on Friday, March 12, from 8pm.

Tickets are $47/38/21 from www.norpa.org.au or phone 1300 066 772.


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