Updated: Friday, 22nd September 2017 @ 5:39am

Human trafficking opera Anya17 coming to Manchester

Human trafficking opera Anya17 coming to Manchester

By Francine Ponticelli

The issue of human trafficking is being taken on in a whole new way in Manchester next month – as an opera.

The show, called Anya17, will be performed at the Royal Northern College of Music, on Oxford Road, after it is premiered in Liverpool.  

This innovative show was created by the team that produced Eternal Voices, including ‘British Composer Award’ Winner Adam Gorb.

Caroline Clegg, who is directing the show, believes the Arts should be used to raise awareness of modern day slavery and the victims of sex trafficking.

“Working on the play has taught me a myriad of things, the most important being that we, as artists and story tellers, have a paramount responsibility to be strong advocates for the victims and to represent their stories authentically,” she said.

Anya17 aims to expose the desperate plight of sex trafficking victims in the UK and the cast have recently visited a UK charity to meet women rescued from the life-style. Ben Kaye, the co-founder of Anya17, also visited Downing Street to discuss the controversial opera.

Amy Webber, who plays Elena in the production, said: “I am so happy and feel proud to be involved in this production.

“It is not just ‘Art for Art’s sake’; I really feel like this could help to facilitate change by raising awareness of the issues and bringing real stories into the public eye.”

Anya17 will be on at the Royal Northern College of Music on Friday 9 March. For ticket details visit http://www.rncm.ac.uk/%20

For further information on Anya17, see link www.anya17.co.uk