‘Sugar dads’ in spotlight

A compelling social justice play titled #Blessed, focusing on the links between sugar daddies and human trafficking, is on the cards for East London in 2019.

The Jen Bryson Moorcroft Theatre, together with the Cornerstone Anti-Human Trafficking Institute, seek to create awareness and a forum to discuss the issue.

Producer Jen Bryson-Moorcroft said the play had been adapted from a script written in 2015 about the “blesser” phenomenon.

“It interrogates the relationships between “blessers” and “blessees” as a part of youth aspirational culture and is set in East London,” Bryson-Moorcroft said.

PLAY FOR A CAUSE: Roxanne Phillips and Cebo Ndzimela on stage in another social justice play by Cornerstone, ‘Hold For Release’
Picture: AMANDA NANO

She said they would also invite local NGOs and legal professionals to give expert advice and engage the community.

Cornerstone said this was part of their #ArtistsAgainstSlavery movement where artists educate and create awareness for their audiences through theatre.

“We can’t do this alone. We have to involve others to help educate and create awareness about human trafficking,” the organisation said.

The auditions for #Blessed took place on December 9 and 10. “We still have a few parts available and those interested still have a chance to audition. Our rehearsals will be starting from January,” Bryson-Moorcroft said.

The play will take place at the Alexander Playhouse in early April 2019. Bryson-Moorcroft can be contacted on jenniferbryson@gmail.com

Cornerstone is available for presentations and workshops about human trafficking, legislation and protective behaviours. They also provide free legal advice to human trafficking victims. They can be contacted through their Facebook page, website www.cahti.org/ or call 063-278-1900.

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