PM opens Shame and Scandal

POSTED: 11/12/12 1:27 PM

St. Maarten – Thursday evening the Prime Minister Sarah Wescot-Williams opened the theatrical production “Shame and Scandal” at the Philipsburg Cultural Center. The play, written by Fabian Badejo and Directed by Earl Duzong, is centered on themes of incest, women’s abuse and gender equality. During her opening speech the prime minister emphasized the importance of bringing across these sensitive issues and the steps being taken on St. Maarten to combat cases of incest and abuse. “I am just as excited as you are about this production tonight. I would firstly like to wish the writer, director and actors good luck in addition to thanking the audience for coming out and supporting a local theatrical production. This is a wonderful production on a serious issue; the issue of incest and how we can bring about awareness to the people of St. Maarten. We have a wonderful organization in the form of Safe Haven which provides support to victims of all kinds of domestic abuse and I am happy to hear that some of the proceeds of this play will go towards that organization,” the prime minister said.

The prime minister continued by saying that one of the best ways to do, is bring a message across through art; “While this serious message is being brought across we can enjoy fine acting and a nice evening out. Knowing most of the actors here this evening I am sure that this production will not only be a success with regards to attendance, but will also be successful in bringing the message across,” the PM continued.

 

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