“Here I am. Seventeen, with my older boyfriend and a flat of my own. Well, my name isn't on the lease or anything, Gary deals with all that, but it is my flat and I love it.


It’s exhausting sometimes though, trying to manage it all, trying to judge him just right so he doesn't fly off the handle.”


This powerful performance workshop follows teenagers Joy and Gary as their relationship and behaviours develop over two years. Exploring the complexity of existing gender stereotypes and how the characters’ understanding of what is 'expected of them' influences the way in which they treat each other. Testing asks the questions “what is an unhealthy relationship and where do we go if we need help?”


The workshop encourages the participants to examine Joy and Gary's relationship through interaction, discussion and performance. They are asked to give honest responses to what they have seen and to challenge their own and each other's attitudes about the issues presented to them.


This project was commissioned as part of Glasgow's 16 Days of Action to Eliminate Violence Against Women and played in over twenty schools across Glasgow during December 2008 and 2009.


It was developed in close collaboration with Glasgow City Council Education Services, and was aimed primarily at S2s but is appropriate for all high school age groups.



A Moment's Peace became a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) in May 2013. Our Charity Number is SC044000.