We should start by saying HAPPY 2014 and THANK YOU to everyone who voted for us in these awards, we cannot believe we beat giants Wicked an The Pride to the top spot. We cannot thank you enough.
Today marks one month until the performance of Secret Diaries at Square Chapel. Please do book your tickets in advance from Squarechapel
We have SO much to catch up on to blog so we’ll start from when we went to visit one of the youth groups at LGBT youth north west who told us some shocking and heart warming tales of how they have experienced both homophobia and support. We asked them, if they had the chance, what would they say to some of those bullies. One that stuck in my mind was:
“Love is love, no matter what their gender is”
We hope to carry that through our work. We also asked them what advice they would give to others who are coming out, and to those who are:
“Always stay true to yourself, no matter what they say”, “Tell yourself first”, “Expect a mixed reaction”, “People might surprise you”, “Be proud of who you are”
It was fantastic to spend some time with them and to listen, something which we often don’t get a lot of time to do, but LGBT Youth North West work hard to give these young people a safe space to talk, to listen, and to ask questions.
We then went to Newall Green High School and spoke to some teachers about how they deal with homophobia. The school has been highlighted as one of the most active in Manchester to challenge homophobia and so we wanted to know what advice we could take from them to pass onto other schools. The sentence that came up time and time again was, communication is the key, we have regular meetings and help each other help the students
We’ve also just confirmed that we will be working with the brilliant Co-operative Academy of Manchester to work with them on Secret Diaries and also our schools workshop and education pack which the brilliant Tamzin Forster is currently illustrating for us!
We then were extremely fortunate to spend a week developing the workshop and education pack with Chris Cooper from Big Brum Theatre Company in a very specific Bondian framework. It was an incredible week and set us up for our first week of rehearsals before Christmas. One of our actors said
“This work we’ve done this week will change the way I approach my practice forever. It’s been an incredible week!”
And it was! The company are geared up and ready to come back together after our Christmas break after having the best Christmas gift of all, our award for Theatre Production of the Year!
We’ve had production, design, bsl translation, publicity and education meetings among all the excitement and cannot wait for you all to see the performance. Please book your tickets here: Squarechapel and whilst the page is loading, crank up the volume and get a load of this…