Love Songs at the Edinburgh Fringe: Rights of Women and Writer-Performer Alissa Anne Jeun Yi are delighted to announce a new collaboration
For 71 years, the Edinburgh Festival Fringe – also known as the world’s biggest art festival – has been attracting people throughout the globe to celebrate and enjoy established and undiscovered comedy, theatre, music and more.
This year, against the current political climate, there is set to be a heavy focus on #metoo stories. Amongst them is Love Songs; written and performed by Alissa Anne Jeun Yi and presented by emerging British Asian theatre company Trip Hazards. Developed through the Soho Theatre and supported by Camden People’s Theatre and Arts Council England, Love Songs is a coming-of-age story with a twist.
Love Songs interweaves comedy, spoken word and rap to explore an autobiographical experience of heartbreak and sexual assault. The play ultimately seeks to empower women who have gone through similar experiences and provokes audiences to make an active change.
“It made sense to choose Rights for Women as the charity we should support. I myself studied Law at university, and a large part of the show is set against this backdrop. The work that Rights of Women do is absolutely essential in helping women understand their rights and breaking down the complexities of the law when something like this happens to them.”
“Despite the fact I was actually studying sexual offences when I was assaulted, I was too confused to understand what had happened or to take any action at the time. Although my career path has headed in a completely different direction since leaving university, I still care a lot about making a positive social and political difference in the world – especially where women’s rights are involved.”
“Combining the emotive effect of our show with the practical work that Rights of Women do is a great way to create debate and discussion around sexual assault, sexual education and what can be done to both decrease cases of assault and to increase figures of reporting this crime. It is my hope that with us trying to engage empathy about such issues and then directing them towards Rights of Women afterwards, hopefully we can work together to make an active change.”
Estelle du Boulay, Director of Rights of Women says:
“We applaud Alissa for her bravery in speaking out about her own experiences to highlight the devastating impacts of sexual violence. Her play carries an empowering message that calls time on the everyday normalisation of abuse against women. The #metoo movement is a reminder of how a powerful culture shift can occur when women unite to amplify each other’s voices in speaking out against harassment and abuse – we are proud to be working in partnership together with Alissa and thank her for informing women about the support and help services we provide.”
Love Songs will be on as part of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in Delhi Belly, Underbelly Cowgate from the 2-26 August (not 15). There will be a collection for Rights of Women after each show, with legal guides about understanding sexual assault available to anyone who needs them.
If you are interested in coming to see the show but are worried about or would like to know more about the content, please email . Stay up to date with our fundraising progress by following @rightsofwomen, @_TripHazards, @alissa_ajy and #LoveSongsShow on Twitter.