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Dagenham artist invites single parents to share their stories

PUBLISHED: 17:00 17 January 2017

Artist and single mum Christina Ford with Matima Kamal enjoying a crafts workshop at the White House community centre in Dagenham. PICTURE CREDIT: Emil Charlaff

Artist and single mum Christina Ford with Matima Kamal enjoying a crafts workshop at the White House community centre in Dagenham. PICTURE CREDIT: Emil Charlaff

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A single mum is inviting lone parents to a coffee morning so she can collect their stories for a new theatre performance.

Artist and single mother Christina Ford is working on the project to take on the stigmas and challenges of being a single parent.

During the next four months she will run a drop-in centre inviting parents to share their experiences before she creates a documentary style theatre performance based on their stories.

Once complete it will be staged in May at the White House, an arts centre on the Becontree Estate, Dagenham, using actors drawn from the community.

Commenting on the arts project, Christina said: “It is much needed and something that I have been wanting to do for many years now.”

According to the latest census figures, Barking and Dagenham has the highest number of single parents than any other borough in the country.

Besides her creative efforts, big-hearted Christina will also be setting up a branch of single parent charity Gingerbread at the Green Lane venue.

Single parents are encouraged to turn up from 10am-2pm or 6pm-8pm between Monday and Thursday.


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