So Far is the first play in Geese Theatre's repertoire created primarily for presentation in sex offender treatment settings. The play is also suitable for presentation at conferences and staff training events which address sexual abuse issues.
So Far examines the experiences of a series of men who commit a range of offences against children. It addresses themes such as the offence cycle, minimisation, cognitive distortions, fantasy and the effect of abuse on victims. The action of the play mirrors the process of groupwork, as well as the process of change, by focusing on a central character who is gradually confronted with the reality of the offences he has committed. Through discussion and debate with this character, the audience members are encouraged to make their own links with the material and to share their own suggestions about how the process of change might be encouraged.
The dramatic representation of these issues is intended to provoke thought and enhance groupwork programmes. While the production works as an hour long performance piece, it can also be broken into scenes which can be performed separately and used to focus on relevant groupwork themes.
The development of the production was made possible by the financial assistance of The Lloyds TSB Foundation, Swan Mountain Trust, The Charles Henry Foyle Trust and West Midlands Arts.
"It was very powerful from the start, well presented and extremely moving in places. The issues were presented in a serious, sensitive and knowledgable manner. It encouraged me to give a lot of thought to the victims and the victims' families"
"The play was powerful and direct"
"...very thought provoking... the workers obviously understand the SOTP and were very open and sincere"
"I believe this play should be shown to everyone prior to any SOTP group course."
Offenders who have seen So Far