Plays for Social Impact


Sole Purpose Productions has published Plays for Social Impact, a set of four plays that deal with important social issues, to mark our 21 YEARS. 

The four plays, written by Patricia Byrne, have been touring since 2004. Don’t Say A Word - a play on domestic violence toured for ten years and was staged in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2008 where it was nominated for a Amnesty International Freedom of Expression Award. See No Evil explores the issue of elder abuse, it was first produced in 2008 and toured Ireland for two years. A Wee Taste aims to raise awareness of underage drinking. It toured extensively to schools and community venues in 2011/12. Every Move You Make is a one woman play on abusive relationships among young people. It was first produced in 2012 and toured again in 2017/18, with more performances scheduled for 16 Days of Action Against Violence Against Women in November 2019.

These plays are now be available for teachers, community workers, social workers, theatre makers to use with groups. Each book includes a lesson / workshop plan that can be used to explore the issues. Price £4.95 + postage and packaging.

This publication is supported by the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Every Move You Make, Jenni's 16th birthday is coming up, and her new boyfriend Jamie, will be there. He is so nice. He is interested in everything she does. He always wants to know where she is and what she is doing. He texts her all the time and follows her every move on facebook. But things start to take a turn and Jenni isn't so sure anymore.

Every Move You Make explores the issue of abusive relationships amoung young people. First produced in 2011, it was written in consultation with the NSPCC, Youth Action Northern Ireland and pupils from Oakgrove Intergrated College Derry.

"Every Move You Make was a very moving piece of theatre, none watching this play would ever again be victim to such abuse having witnessed a relay of classic symtoms" Imelda Foley, Arts Council of Northern Ireland 


Every move You Make

Every Move You Make
Every Move You Make

Don't Say A Word attempts to explore the complexities of the issue of domestic violence. The play seeks to raise awareness and concern among the general public and to offer hope to anyone who may be in this situation. Pauline has most definitely met the perfect man-or has she? What happens when '' happy ever after'' becomes a nightmare? 

''Don't Say A Word takes us on a journey of Paul and Pauline's relationship and seeing the development of their marriage is moving and deeply thought-provoking" Kelly Clarkson, Three weeks review, Edunburgh Fringe Festival 


Don't Say A word

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Don't Say A Word


See No Evil tells the story of Danny Quinn, an 89-year-old farmer who lives on his own in an isolated rural area somewhere in Ireland. The neighbours 'look after' him. His niece, Tara Burke, visits when she can. She begins to sense that something strange is happening. Something sinister is in the air. Something that no-one will believe. First produced in 2008, the play looks at the issue of elder abuse.

'' The play was excellent; it explored the issues of abuse in a very clear manner.' Geraldine Hillick, Assistant Director, Western Health and Social Care Trust.


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See No Evil


A Wee Taste explores the issue of underage drinking. First produced in 2011, the production served as an intervention tool to raise awareness among young people of the negative  impacts of the misuse of alcohol.

Jenni is a typical 14-year-old who wants to be like everyone else - going out, drinking, having fun. Her mother notices a change in Jenni's behaviour and feels powerless to do anything about it. A glass of wine helps. Suddenly everything changes.

 ''A Wee Taste is an engrossing and compelling play. The script flowed really well. Congratulations!' Christina McClements, Counsellor,  Northlands Addiction Treatment Centre Derry 

A Wee Taste

A Wee Taste
A Wee Taste


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