Southall Black Sisters (SBS) is a not-for-profit organization set up in 1979 to meet the needs of black (Asian and African-Caribbean) and minority ethnic women. For nearly forty years they have been at the forefront of challenging domestic and gender violence locally and nationally.
With SBS, Giants Theatre Company created a piece of street theatre called Unspoken which was performed in November 2014. The script was inspired by SBS members’ experiences of domestic violence and forced marriage with the showing coinciding with UN End Violence Against Women Week.
In order for Unspoken to reach an untraditional theatre audience, the play was performed in front of Southall Town Hall by a mix of actors and SBS members in Hindi, Punjabi and English.
This collaboration was integral to understanding the issues that went on to be explored in Piece of Silk.