GREY-BRUCE - As part of It's Never Okay, Ontario's groundbreaking action plan to end sexual violence and harassment, Far From the Heart has embarked on a 44-show tour across the province that runs until Nov. 11, 2016.
The long-running and successful teen dating violence prevention program from Sheatre, a professional community arts company located near Owen Sound, is one of 11 inaugural recipients of Ontario's 2.25 million Creative Engagement Fund.
Administered by the Ontario Arts Council, this three-year support allows Far From the Heart to be presented this fall to 7,500 students in grades 7-12 in 20 communities, including Grey-Bruce-Huron, Kawartha, Simcoe, York and Niagara regions. For a complete tour schedule and cast and crew bios: bit.ly/ffthpresskit.
Oct. 31: Twin Lakes Secondary School
Oct. 31: Innisdale Secondary School
According to a 2013 Statistics Canada report, the rate of violent crime against young women aged 15 to 24 was 42 per cent higher than the rate for women aged 25 to 34, and nearly double the rate for women aged 35 to 44.
Far From the Heart uses a live forum theatre production and an interactive film to engage and educate teens about the different forms of pressure and violence in dating relationships, exploring the issues that lie beneath this behaviour.
"When we first presented Far From the Heart in 2006, oh, what a noise the kids made! The moment they roared, there was this shift. It changed the world. 17,500 people later, we still hear that roar. We see people have moments of realization right as they watch it," said Joan Chandler, Artistic Director, Sheatre.
Important dates to note
October: Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the U.S.
Oct. 11 - Nov. 11: Far From the Heart Fall 2016 Tour
November: Ontario Woman Abuse Prevention Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Canada
Nov. 25: International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women