Survivors of addiction have taken over a shop in Bournemouth to stage Secret Voices. Their raw and harrowing stories show the holiday town in a new light
Two men circle each other in a salt-strewn arena. The younger one coolly recites a manual for how to rob your family to finance a drug habit: “1. Get investors: Dad … 2. Get more investors: Mum – bless her … ” The older one, thumping his chest with shame, struggles through his “three reasons not to kill myself today”.
Oscar and Ryan are telling their own stories. Both know, through bitter experience, the price of addiction. But on this makeshift stage, on the shop floor of an abandoned department store in a town centre shopping mall, they are harnessing the full power of theatre to communicate that experience to others who may, or may not, be more fortunate than them.