News on stage: A live performance of my story

I was really pleased to take part in a slightly unusual event this week, Up and Coming Stories, a live journalism production held virtually by City University.

The event was organised in conjunction with News on Stage, a joint project between City’s journalism department and Nottingham Trent University, which is investigating the power of journalism, theatre and the public sphere.

I was initially unsure what reporting would look like in a dramatic setting, but as soon as I joined rehearsals it became clear that those involved had put together something really special.

It also gave me the chance to work again with Pablo Iglesias, who recently graduated from City and whose award-winning final project featured a video interview detailing some of my experiences with childhood sexual abuse.

Pablo and I were reunited to recreate this interview over Zoom, before the audience were invited ask questions about my story and the process of sharing it with a reporter.

Below is a copy of that recreated interview, the video element of which begins after a short audio introduction (around 50 seconds in).

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