Media Release: World premiere of Broken Dolls for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe

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PATERE Theatrum (New York) presents the world premiere of Broken Dolls (Razbitye Kuklu), a theatrical, journalistic docu-drama about the traumatic indoctrination suffered by victims within the global sex trafficking industry. Broken Dolls is being performed at C Cubed from 31 July to 25 August, as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.

Narcisa, a young Moldovan woman, is tricked and sold into the sex industry after a seemingly innocent recruitment interview turns into her worst nightmare.

“I’m dead inside… just a whore. This is all I know how to do… so, I willingly came back…”

Says a spokesperson: “With accounts of shattered dreams and memories of lives lost, Broken Dolls (Razbitye Kuklu) exposes the continuous cycles of rape, sadistic punishment and humiliation endured by victims of global sex trafficking. Fears of deportation and the traumatic system of desensitisation, a vicious process that indoctrinates young women to the point where they become perpetrators of their own learned-abuse, are the norm.

“The audience of Broken Dolls becomes a voyeur to the lives of those currently enslaved at the hands of ruthless traffickers and pimps; the harsh reality of the post-communist, free-market economy, where humans prey upon humans for easy money.

“Sex trafficking, often the sad consequence of the effort to find work and achieve a better, safer life, is an exceedingly barbaric, highly profitable component of modern-day slavery. According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the annual numbers of victims of human trafficking world-wide are in the millions; most of whom are women and children enslaved into the sex industry.”

Matthew Ackland, a journalistic playwright who focuses on victim trauma and the current political climate, said of Broken Dolls: “Since the collapse of communism in 1989, the sex-trafficking industry has become one of the fastest growing shadow-economies to date.

“This ruthless, heinous, demonic, perverted illusion of neo-capitalism, has contributed to the unfathomable destruction (and in many cases execution) of scores of young women from around the world.

“I want to start the dialogue into why government departments criminalize sex-workers, and do very little to determine the legitimacy of their circumstances.”

The spokesperson added: “The U.S government recently reported that of the estimated 800,000 to 900,000 people trafficked across international borders annually, 80 per cent of victims are female and up to 50 per cent are minors. Hundreds of thousands of these women and children are sold into prostitution each year.

“Broken Dolls is endorsed by The SAGE Project (Standing Against Global Exploitation) – It is one of the first theatrical productions to partner with an anti-trafficking organisation, in order to raise awareness and provoke further debate.”

Patere Theatrum

Presents the World Premiere of

Broken Dolls (Razbitye Kuklu)

Written by Matthew Ackland / Directed by Peter Kelly

With Ilona Saic, as Narcisa.



Box Office Details:

Venue : C Venues – C Cubed, Riddle’s Court, 322 Lawnmarket, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH1 2PG

Venue No : Venue 16

Dates: 31 July to 25 August (Not 12 August)

Time: 18:30 to 19:40 (1 hour 10 minutes)

Dates: 31 July to 25 August (Not 12 August)

Ticket Prices: 31 July, 1, 11, 18 &1 9 August – £8.50 (£6.50) / 6 & 7, 13 & 14, 20 & 21 August – £9.50 (£7.50) / 2 – 5, 8- 10, 15 – 17, 22 – 25 August – £10.50 (£7.50)

Box Office: C Venues – +44 (0)845 260 1234 / Fringe – +44 (0)131 226 0000 /

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