That Guy: a play about personal responsibility, first relationships and domestic abuse

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Recommended Year Group: 7+
Show Length: 90 mins

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Written by our Artistic Director, Nina Lemon and performed by Peer Productions' company of young actors, That Guy takes on the challenging topic of abuse in intimate teenage relationships, and is designed to educate young people about the dangers of unhealthy relationships.

When 14 year-old Gemma Evans and 17 year-old Mark Whitehead go missing, everyone is concerned for Gemmaʼs safety. As the police question Gemmaʼs friends, it becomes obvious that the boy she may have run away with comes from an abusive family. Could the cycle be about to repeat itself? That Guy uses a peer education model to explore domestic abuse and healthy / unhealthy relationships, as well as their relevance to young people and where help can be sought.

Our production aims:

  • To tell young people the truth about abusive relationships and debunk the 
myths surrounding unhealthy relationships, their victims and perpetrators.
  • To raise awareness about the warning signs of an abusive relationship. 

  • To give young people the confidence and knowledge to make informed 
decisions about their relationships. 

  • To promote a greater level of responsibility toward relationships among 
young people
  • To provide young people with information about the different types of abuse they could encounter. 

  • To encourage young people to communicate openly with their peer groups and support networks about their concerns and behaviours.

‘Thank you so much for portraying a true picture of DA (Domestic Abuse). The young people from ESDAS were very impressed by the play, and so pleased that the subtleties around DA were shown, which are so often missed or misunderstood by professionals working with them. The storyline was very powerful and gave the right balance of hard hitting reality and humour. This play would make an excellent training tool and should be shown to all professionals working with young people.’

Worker from the East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services.

Example-Letter-to-Parents.pdf (536 downloads)  - An example letter on how best to inform parents of a Peer Productions visit, as well as prior information on the topical content of the play.

Photography by Daniel Cook.