Voices from the Battlefront is a play and workshop that brings different, even conflicting, points of view together to address a common community problem, domestic violence.
The first act of Voices from the Battlefront is a performance of the script. In the second act story circles are conducted with audience members to hear how they relate what they just saw to their own lives. In the third act, audience members list actions they can take in their community, individually and as a group, to end domestic violence.
The first of a new kind of play developed by Roadside, Voices from the Battlefront was created through a year-long residency with HOPE House, a women's shelter in Norton, Virginia. The play’s first act weaves the personal stories of victims and survivors of domestic violence in the Appalachian Mountains of southwest Virginia with archetypal Appalachian folk tales and ballads passed down as warning tales.
The cast includes members of Roadside Theater, community volunteers, and survivors of abuse. Voices from the Battlefront was first performed at a 2002 regional domestic violence workshop in Duffield, Virginia. Soon thereafter, it was produced in Richmond at a statewide training workshop held by the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice.
Since then, Voices from the Battlefront has been commissioned by communities in southwest Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and Tennessee, as well as downloaded from Roadside's website and performed by communities across the U.S.