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Zones of Avoidance Inspires Portsmouth Audience

Published: 4th November 2014 14:26

By Charlotte Johnson

Portsmouth had a chance to see the award-winning Zones Of Avoidance last week.

Performed at the David Russell Theatre on Thursday 30th October, this multimedia production was written and performed by Southsea resident, Maggie Sawkins.

Winner of the Ted Hughes 2013 poetry award, Zones of Avoidance is a mother's tale of her daughter's drug addiction.

Maggie explained why she created Zones of Avoidance: "I realised that many people would be able to relate to my story and I felt it was important to bring the arena of addiction and the affect it has on ordinary families into the open."

This is the second time that Maggie has performed in front of a Portsmouth audience.

"At first I was quite nervous because I didn't know how the piece was going to be received, but I have had such positive feedback and support from local people that it has been worth taking the risk."

The decision to add multimedia into the performance was made by director, Mark Hewitt.

Audio clips help bring the poetry to life but also allow the audience the opportunity to explore the darkness and suffocating that ex-drug addicts endure daily.

Zones of Avoidance is moving and personal, yet gives a rare voice to those suffering from this uncontrollable illness.

"Ultimately the reason for wanting to turn my experience into a live literature production is because it is a real story about real people. I wanted to convey that we are all in it together and that we all find different ways of existing, whether we choose cocaine, heroin or poetry."

For more information about Zones of Avoidance, or to find future performances visit, http://zonesofavoidance.wordpress.com/.

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