A square poster with a light blue background containing bold dark green text, the headline reads 'Unseen’. Underneath the title in smaller text, reads ‘a gripping new audio drama by Extant’. On the bottom right, the text reads ‘Streaming from 4th March 2024’ followed with further text below, which reads ‘www.extant.org.uk/unseen’. At the bottom of the poster are a row of 4 pitched rooftops in a line. The houses painted blue, pink, yellow and green.

Listen to Unseen Audio Drama below:

 

Extant presents Unseen, a gripping new audio drama that examines the subtle and insidious effect of domestic abuse on the blind and visually impaired community, using empathy, hope and candour to raise awareness of this important subject.

Through the stories of two visually impaired protagonists, Unseen illuminates the unique ways that domestic abuse impacts on blind and VI people in their homes and intimate relationships, from love-bombing to gaslighting, care to coercive control. Where do we turn when the ones who are supposed to love and care for us are the very people we’re most afraid of?

The work is a creative response to the Unseen Report by the Vision Foundation, which highlighted the inaccessibility of domestic abuse services to visually impaired people, despite the fact that disabled people are nearly three times more likely to experience domestic abuse than non-disabled people.

Content warning: This  audio drama contains themes of domestic abuse, violence, trauma and strong language. 

Unseen Digital Programme

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If you would like to view a copy of the script of Unseen please click on Unseen Online Script.

 

For exclusive access on the process behind Unseen:

Tam Gilbert provides an insight into the rehearsal room of Unseen: An Assistant Producer Perspective

Louisa Sanfey reflects on the upcoming Unseen Tour: Co-creation and Unseen

 

Unseen Creative Team 

Director: Ben Wilson

Sound Designer: Ian Rattray 

Devising Team: Anna Clarkson, Esther Irving, Georgie Wyatt, Tafsila Khan, Tam Gilbert 

Script Editor and Workshop Lead: Louise Hall 

Workshop Consultant: Martia Bevan 

Assistant Workshop Lead: Helena Ascough 

Creative Producer: Louisa Sanfey for Extant 

Assistant Producer: Tam Gilbert 

Sound Technician: Han Sayles 

Sound Mentor: Adam McCready 

Access Workers: Phoebe Moore, Becky Newman, Chikodi Nwaiwu, Hannah Quigley 

Research Group: Karina Jones, Alice Christina-Corrigan, Anita Barzey, Lily An, Robin Paley Yorke 

A photo of Maria, a middle aged biracial woman, sitting next to Anita, a young black woman who are together and smiling in a recording studio.

Maria Oshodi, Artistic Director, Extant:  

“Extant is proud to continue its trend of dramatizing report outcomes with this new important piece, funded and originally commissioned by the Vision Foundation. Even though the new government ‘Flee Fund’ released to help those experiencing domestic violence is welcomed, for many disabled people in this situation, a host of other factors makes escape more difficult. However, we hope that Unseen will uncover this and have great impact, as other recent dramatisations of social injustices such as the Post Office scandal have had on the population.” 

Cast List:

Voice of the Report: Maisie Greenwood  

Zoe (Helpline worker): Lily An  

Lucy: Georgie Wyatt

Joli: Anita Barzey 

Faye: Michelle Felix 

Hayley: Maisie Greenwood 

Nurse: Aqua Ephraim 

Mary: Maria Oshodi 

Sandra (Refuge worker): Lily An 

Policeman: Steven George 

Additional voices by the cast and Tahira Malik

A photo from behind of three white people sitting at a recording studio desk. From the left, Ben is sat back wearing headphones and holding an Ipad, Han is leaning over and pressing a button and Ian is listening to the recording.

Ben Wilson, Trainee Artistic Director, Extant and Director of Unseen 

“The team behind the Unseen Report did an amazing job highlighting this incredibly important issue that affects so many VI people. Extant always want to tell nuanced stories of VI people and help to champion and challenge issues. Issues vital to the VI community. We’ve put together an incredibly talented team of VI people to bring this audio drama to life. Each one of them has poured their heart and soul into making sure we are honouring the stories of the victims and survivors who contributed to the Unseen Report. The learnings of the report need to be shouted far and wide, and we hope our audio drama can be part of that mission.”  

If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in Unseen, you can contact the following organisations via their websites and phone numbers below:

Mental Health:

Samaritans Tel: 116 123 (Lines open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free for landlines and mobile phones.) 

Mind Tel: 0300 123 3393 (Lines open 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays). Calls charged at the standard rates.) 

Shout Text ‘SHOUT’ to 85258 

Domestic Abuse:

Refuge Tel: 0808 2000 247   

National Helplines: 

Northern Ireland Tel: 0808 802 1414 

Scotland Tel: 0800 027 1234 

Wales Tel: 0808 8010 800 

Men’s Advice Line Tel: 0808 8010327 

Galop LGBT+ Tel: 0800 999 5428 

Survivors UK Chat via SMS Text: 020 3322 1860  

Women’s Aid Email: [email protected]  

With thanks to the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, Vision Foundation, Arts Council England, Refuge, SafeLives, Rising Sun, Care First, Camden People’s Theatre, RNIB and Jane Sellers.  

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