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Plays focus on addiction
A NURSE from Tisbury has written a trilogy of plays focusing on alcohol, drug and adrenaline addiction that he hopes will work as a form of outreach.
Rob Windsor, pictured, who runs theatre education company Facing Tides, has been a nurse for Action on Addiction at Clouds House in East Knoyle for the last 27 years.
“I’ve always enjoyed writing and being witness to so many different lives, and I wanted to write about it,” he said.
“If you’re writing about something true to your heart, the chances are it will be true to a lot of people’s hearts.”
The Big A Trilogy is made up of Off Her Facebook!, Damaged Goods and Gridluck, and will be performed at Studio Theatre in Salisbury on October 17 and 18.
The first is a story about a father who is an alcoholic and the impact his addiction has on his family; the second features a boy who becomes homeless after his stepfather discovers he has used drugs; and the third is about a soldier who has become an adrenaline addict.
“It’s not to lecture on the dangers or how to use chemicals safely, but to deliver a performance to enable any member of an audience, regardless of age, to feel they can get help and it is out here for them, whether they are in addiction or someone close to them is,” said Windsor.
“I am passionate about outreach for our young, and old, suffering from the disease and the stigma associated with this misjudged illness.”
The plays have already proved successful in Tisbury and at Ashley Wood and Buxton festivals.
The Big A Trilogy is recommended by Action on Addiction and The National Association for Children of Alcoholics and Windsor is hoping to take the performances to community groups, workplaces, schools and colleges.
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