Ulster Orchestra Beauty Sleeping – A Woman’s Journey Through Domestic Violence

Women’s Aid ABCLN was delighted to host ‘Beauty Sleeping’ a live performance with musicians from the Ulster Orchestra and Maiden Voyage Dance in The Old Court House – Antrim, illustrating a women’s journey through domestic violence.

The performance is a collaboration between the Ulster Orchestra and women attending Reconnect Groups at Women’s Aid ABCLN.  Working together they have created a piece of music and choreographed dance which illustrates the journey that many women embark on when they leave an abusive relationship.

Women’s Aid ABCLN CEO Rosemary Magill say “This performance, kindly sponsored JTI UK, highlights the sheer exhaustion women feel having to tell so many agencies their story – over and over again – when they experience domestic violence. From social services to housing and health professionals, to schools, solicitors and PSNI, it is relentless.”

The performance marks the launch of 16 Days of Activism for the Elimination of Violence Against Women beginning on Sunday 25th November to raise awareness about violence against women, its causes, its consequences, and what we as a society can do to stop it.




Back Row – Lucy McCullagh, Ulster Orchestra, Jonathan Simmance, Ulster Orchestra, Karen Reynolds, JTI UK, Lindsay Harris, Women’s Aid ABCLN, Bronagh O’Boyle Women’s Aid ABCLN, Pam Cameron, MLA.

Front Row – Deputy Mayor of Antrim & Newtownabbey, Councillor John Smyth, Rosemary Magill, Women’s Aid ABCLN, The Mayor of Mid & East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar.