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Aboutface & The Speaking Eyes Collective 

No tears, only our eyes speak (2023)


Collaborative workshop with 7 female survivors of modern slavery and trafficking, who are currently under the protection and care of Migrant Help UK. Commissioned by Weareallbats.


17 min radio/music piece based around a poem created by the participants using deep listening and reflection exercises, with words and songs in Pidgin, Yoruba, Urdu, Albanian, Spanish & Hindi Tongues. Field recordings captured by the participants.


Names and faces of participants have been obscured for safety reasons.


To be aired on Dover Community Radio (TBS)


Music EP TBA with all proceeds to fund one-to-one additional therapies.



Poem, field recordings, songs, spoken word and percussion by The Speaking Eyes Collective.


Acoustic guitar, flute, steel tongue drum, clarinet and electronics by Aboutface.


Violin by Taro


Additional voice-over by darker




We feel as if we have entered another world, a world where nature isn't usually heard, but we hear her voice now.


Hello from the other side.  


We're looking for safety, the ultimate search,

A means of survival.


Life is beautiful.

Beginning until the end, searching for a light.

Walking home from the pain of yesterday,

Trying to express our feelings.


No tears, only our eyes speak

– The Speaking Eyes Collective

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