Residents take to the stage to beat loan sharks

19 March 2012 Last updated at 11:41

  • Rehearsals are under way for loan shark play

Rehearsals are underway for an innovative performance in Salford which raises awareness of the dangers of borrowing from illegal money lenders. Footlights Theatre has been working in partnership with the England Illegal Money Lending Team, Great Places Housing Group and Salford Trading Standards to host the performance as part of an ongoing campaign to tackle loan sharks in Salford.

In January, over 24 young people and adults began rehearsing every Monday night to present “Just a few quid,” a piece of contemporary theatre and film which Salford residents would be able to relate to. Money recovered from convicted loan sharks was used to fund the performance.

 

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This is a thoroughly original and thought-provoking idea with a clear message. Anything that raises awareness of the increasing problem of loan sharks in our communities can only be a great thing.

Stephen Porter, chief executive at Great Places Housing Group
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Across the country there are an estimated 310,000 households turning to illegal money lenders. These lenders are often friends or ‘friends of friends’ and may appear to be offering a service but their behaviour can quickly change.

By adding additional amounts and exorbitant rates of interest, the loan sharks will trap their borrowers into an ever increasing spiral of debt. Once people are in a position where they are unable to pay, many loan sharks will resort to violent threats and intimidation.

The Right Honourable Hazel Blears will introduce the free performance at 2pm on Sunday 1 April at Salford University Campus in MediaCity.

Stephen Porter, chief executive at Great Places Housing Group, said: “This is a thoroughly original and thought-provoking idea with a clear message. Anything that raises awareness of the increasing problem of loan sharks in our communities can only be a great thing.”

To book your seats visit www.footlightstheatre.co.uk/rsvpsalford or join us on facebook at www.facebook.com/TheSalfordProject and leave us a message.

To report a loan shark:
Call the 24/7 confidential hotline 0300 555 2222
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