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World's first opera on human trafficking to premiere in the UK


sex trafficking, human trafficking, awareness raising, opera, arts( Anya 17) - Officially supported by eleven national and international civil society organizations and UN.GIFT, ' Anya17' is the world's first Opera to reveal the hidden world of Sex Trafficking in the UK. Anya17 premieres on March 7 th in Liverpool before a second performance in Manchester on March 9 th. Tickets are available via


Written to raise awareness of a secretive £20,000,000,000 industry which is second only in scope to the Drugs trade, Anya17 will relate the compelling, intertwined stories of just four of the estimated 700,000 women and young girls who are trafficked into the EU every year and propelled into a maelstrom of deceit and sexual violence.


Composed by British Composer Award winner Adam Gorb to an original Libretto by Ben Kaye, Anya 17 was nominated for an award at The House of Lords even before its first performance.


Inspired by true stories of Trafficking victims and directed by the 'Pete Postlethwaite Award' winning Director Caroline Clegg,  Anya17 will explore the stark choices facing the victims of Sex Trafficking; compliance, violence or escape through drugs, alcohol or death. Perhaps ultimately death is indeed… the only true escape?


Anya17 will be conducted by the renowned Clark Rundell and performed by and The Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Ensemble 10/10. The semi-staged production's Cast is drawn from the RNCM, whose young students have recently spent time with Trafficking victims to complete the research into their roles.


Actor in rehearsals of Anya first opera about human trafficking supported by UN.GIFT

Actor Tom Hopkins during rehearsals of Any 17 in London


Composer Adam Gorb and Librettist Ben Kaye have developed a reputation for making difficult subjects accessible. Their first collaboration ' Thoughts Scribbled on a Blank Wall' with John McCarthy CBE explored his five years of mental torture in the Lebanon and was described by BBC Radio 3's Sean Rafferty as 'Powerful stuff. A protest Cantata, the first of a genre.' Their last joint venture 'Eternal Voices' with Sir Trevor McDonald OBE also resonated. Inspired by the diaries of Royal Marines wounded or killed in Afghanistan, this harrowing but ultimately uplifting work enjoyed a sell-out premiere, a standing ovation, numerous TV and radio broadcasts and raised over £35,000 for Charity.


Anya17 will premiere in Liverpool on March 7 th (7.30pm) as one half of an evening at The Epstein Theatre, which will open specially for the occasion following its recent one million pound refurbishment, prior to its official re-opening later in the year. The second performance will take place in Manchester at the RNCM on March 9 th (7.30pm). Plans are currently underway to secure additional performances in London, elsewhere in the UK and in Strasbourg as part of the UK's Presidency of The Council of Europe.


The project's official supporters include: The United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT), The Human Trafficking Foundation, Unseen UK, STOP UK, Unchosen, Stop The Traffik, ECPAT UK, City Hearts, Anti-Slavery International, The Salvation Army, The Purple Teardrop Campaign, Catherine Bearder MEP, Tony Lloyd MP and Bob Walter MP.