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On Edge – Free Parkour Performances and Taster Sessions
July 13 @ 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
One event on 14 July 2019 at 11:30 AM
One event on 14 July 2019 at 3:30 PM
Experience the freedom of parkour as a gravity-defying free outdoor show comes to Bedford city centre.
Visitors to Riverside Bedford will be greeted by an unusual sight on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14st July in Riverside Square. A scaffolding structure will form the set for On Edge, a stunning performance of theatre, parkour and aerial acrobatics created by Oxfordshire based company Justice in Motion.
Walk past any construction site and you’ll see a number of men busily scamper around the scaffolding as the building slowly emerges from the cement, brick and mud. Take a closer look and what will you see?
Atop towering scaffolding, a group of men ricochet around a building site. Their routine may give a sense of purpose and reassurance yet behind the perimeter fencing, all is not as it first appears.
In an exploration of freedom, Justice in Motion and the Inspire Parkour Community collaborate on a unique production exposing how modern slavery exists within our communities, under our noses yet outside our knowledge.
On Edge is an astonishing show and the adrenaline-fuelled, gravity-defying moves of the international cast are mesmerising. its story is eye-opening and hard-hitting, inextricably weaving together beauty and humour.
Free Parkour Taster Sessions
The performance space will be a ‘parkour park’. The team will host a series of open sessions for the local community to come and play, to enjoy a sense of playfulness and freedom. Local group Spiral Freerun are involved in the sessions and members of the public are encouraged to join in.
Information about modern slavery and how to spot it and stop it will be available at each performance from charity partners The Salvation Army, Unseen UK, Hope For Justice and the Medaille Trust all of whom work with victims of modern slavery.
One Edge is touring the UK throughout the summer. The performance at Riverside Square is made possible thanks to the support of The Place Theatre, Riverside Bedford.
- In 2016, at any given time, an estimated 40.3 million people worldwide were in modern slavery, including 24.9 million in forced labour and 15.4 million people in forced marriage.
- This equates to 5.4 victims of modern slavery for every 1,000 people in the world.
- 1 in 4 victims of modern slavery are children.
- Of the 24.9 million victims of forced labour, 16 million people are exploited in the private sector including domestic work, construction or agriculture. 4.8 million people are victims of forced sexual exploitation, and 4 million people were in forced labour imposed by state authorities.
- Women and girls account for 99% of victims in the commercial sex industry, and 58% of other sectors in other sectors of forced labour.
- There is no typical victim of slavery. Victims are men, women and children of all ages, ethnicities and nationalities and cut across the population. However, it’s normally more prevalent among the most vulnerable or within minority or socially excluded groups. In 2017, the UK Modern Slavery Helpline indicated that 2,288 potential victims of modern slavery cases were men, while 1,547 were women. Child victims are victims of child abuse and should, therefore, be treated as such using existing child protection procedures and statutory protocols.
- Poverty, limited opportunities at home, lack of education, unstable social and political conditions, economic imbalances and war are some of the key drivers that contribute to someone’s vulnerability in becoming a victim of modern slavery. What’s more, victims can often face more than one type of abuse and slavery, for example, being sold on to another trafficker and then forced into another form of exploitation.
- Potential victims of human trafficking were reported from 116 different nationalities in 2017 according to the National Crime Agency’s National Referral Mechanism statistics. Albanian, UK and Vietnamese nationals were the most commonly reported potential victims. 5,145 potential victims were submitted to the National Referral Mechanism in 2017, which was a 35% increase on 2016.
Where all the work is done under the menace of a penalty or the person has not offered himself voluntarily and is now unable to leave. They may experience:
- Threat or actual physical harm
- Restriction of movement or confinement
- Debt bondage i.e. working to pay off a debt or loan, often the victim is paid very little or nothing at all for their services because of deductions
- Withholding of wages or excessive wage reductions
- Withholding of documents e.g. passport/security card
- Threat of revealing to authorities an irregular immigration status
- Their employer is unable to produce documents required
- Poor or non-existent health and safety standards
- Requirement to pay for tools and food
- Imposed place of accommodation (and deductions made for it)
- Pay that is less than minimum wage
- Dependence on employer for services
- No access to labour contract
- Excessive work hours/few breaks