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Personal Stories: 'Diablo is disturbing but I'm so proud of it'

Caroline Curran on how acting in a gritty play changed her life

Belfast actress Caroline Curran highlights the scourge of human trafficking here in the powerful play Diablo.

It made its stage debut at Lyric Theatre Belfast in 2012, and the cast of five actors are currently touring across Ireland with the piece until October 6.

Diablo was written by Patricia Downey, the artistic director for Belfast-based Spanner in the Works Theatre Company, which is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

And an audience at Ten Foundations on the Lisburn Road in south Belfast is set to take in the performance this evening.

Caroline said: "Playing Alana in Diablo is very challenging because the character gets involved in some very graphic scenes which people may find disturbing.

"But I am so delighted to be part of this production as the subject of human trafficking is very much in the news headlines.

"We are trying our hardest to highlight this issue and make people more aware that it is not only happening in other countries, but also right here on our doorstep."

Patricia Downey added: "Human trafficking is a growing criminal enterprise due to the fact it is relatively low-risk but with a high profit potential.

"Criminal organisations are increasingly attracted to trafficking because, unlike drugs, humans can be sold repeatedly."

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