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Shameless Hussy Productions shines light on sexual violence through play "Dissolve"

Shameless Hussy Productions brought a short play entitled, "Dissolve" to the CBC Studio 700 on May 20 to 24, 2013 to raise awareness of drug facilitated sexual assault that happens within our community.

The 45-minute play, written by Meghan Gardiner, involved a single actor, the award-winning actress, Emmelia Gordon.

Gordan played the roles of 14 characters, including a pharmacology professor and a criminologist, in-front of the audience.


At the beginning, Gordan portrayed a character of a young college girl on a night out with her friends having a good time.

Throughout the play, her character switched roles, changing from the character in a bedroom scene to the bar scene to the dance floor scene.

Ultimately the young girl awoke to find herself disoriented, confused, and a victim of sexually assault—the result of a drink that was spiked with a rape-drug. With her powerful and stage-like voice, Gordan stirred up emotions of empathy in me, particularly having to see the character of the "victim" so disoriented, hurt and victimized.

After the play, a dialogue session was held. The play certainly did set out what it intended to do in the first place: to provoke an awareness surrounding social behavior on the intentional use of drugs, alcohol and sexual assault.

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