‘O’Big City of Birmingham!’

Birmingham School of Acting’s Outspoken Youth Theatre Company present ‘O’Big City of Birmingham!’.

Performance dates and times –



The piece reflects the views and opinions of young people at Christmas time and offers alternative perspectives on what Christmas means to the young people of Birmingham.

Performance lasts approx 20mins.

Everyone is welcome and the performance is free!

Donations are welcomed to uphold the standard and quality of work.

We are always looking to recruit new members to join our company of young performers. If you’re interested in joining or require any more information please visit our Youth Theatre page via this website or alternatively email tomcraigapplied@gmail.com.

Thank you.

Twitter – @outspokenbsa


Birmingham School of Acting’s Outspoken Youth Theatre Company are now taking bookings for their Autumn term!

Outspoken Youth Theatre & Dance Crew (which runs on a Saturday 12 – 4pm @ Birmingham School Of Acting) is designed for young performers aged 13 – 18 years of age who have interests in acting, singing, dancing, spoken word & MC – ing. With a growing and already high profile within the city of Birmingham, Outspoken aim to encourage and promote the use of drama and performance as a unique and innovative way of creating performance for young people who have something to say!

If you would like to book please click the links below!

Youth Theatre – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outspoken-youth-theatre-company-ages-13-18-tickets-17937750294

Dance Crew – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/outspoken-youth-dance-crew-ages-13-18-tickets-17937529634

Alternatively if you wish to receive more information regarding the course please do not hesitate to email with your queries. (tomcraigpplied@gmail.com)

We hope to see you all in September!



Outspoken Summer School is for young performers with something to say!

This exciting new course will run for one week and is designed for actors, singers, dancers, spoken word and MC artists between the ages of 13 to 18 years old who want to collaborate with other like-minded artists, to create a brand new piece of performance showcased in the city of Birmingham focusing on the identity of its participants.

Participants will work alongside Outspoken Facilitators at Birmingham School Of Acting to develop their performance making skills as they develop a piece of original work to showcase at the end of the five day course.

RUNNING FROM – Monday 27th July – Friday 31st July.

Key Facts

PRICE: £100 for the week

The course focuses on:
• Performance skills
• Improvisation
• Devising, making and writing
• Acting techniques
• Performing in public.





Outspoken Performance Company are excited to announce the return of ‘Heterophobia‘ @ Mac (click for link) Birmingham.


‘Heterophobia is an urban musical for young people 13-18 years old. It is a hybrid fusion of art forms and digital technology.  Heterophobia presents the struggle of one young heterosexual male, Ryan trying to ‘come out’ in a gay world, a binaristic sexuality switch of the privileged and the oppressed.’

Back by popular demand and informed by Stonewall’s Teacher’s Report 2014, the piece (Devised and Directed by Hannah Phillips) returns to MAC (click for link) Birmingham for a run of seven dates –

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Click the link above or below to book tickets now!




Heterophobia – Trailer from Outspoken on Vimeo.

Outspoken Youth Theatre Company Launch Event- Saturday 31st May

Everybody is welcome to this FREE event on Saturday 31st May 2014 1.30pm -3.30pm @ The Drum, 144 Potters Ln, Birmingham, B6 4UU

Hosted by BBC Radio’s Tammy Gooding

Performances by
Outspoken Youth Theatre
Unhindered Reign, Spoken Word Polyvocal Artists Antics Dance Crew

Live DJ & VJ

Free 30 min taster:
Performance Workshop with Facilitators Tom Craig & Lily Page Dance Workshop with Antics Dance Crew

Come along to The Drum and find out more about Outspoken Youth Theatre Company which runs on Saturdays during term time 1.30-3.30pm for 13-18 year olds at Birmingham School of Acting, £100 a term. By coming to this event you can sign up to a taster half term starting the following week for just £30!

New Trailer for Heterophobia

Heterophobia 2014 from Heterophobia 2014 on Vimeo.

Heterophobia is a hybrid fusion of art forms and interactive digital technology which tells the story of a young heterosexual male trying to ‘come out’.

Devised and Performed by Outspoken – a company of both graduates and students from the BA (Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education) Programme at the Birmingham School of Acting, Birmingham City University.

Devised and Directed by Hannah Phillips

Composition by Nik Haley

Please note: this show will be performed in The Patrick Centre.

Suitable for ages 12+

TEACHERS GO FREE – Call Ticket Sales on 0844 338 5000 for further information.

Thu at 1.30pm & 7.15pm and Fri at 10.30am & 7.15pm

Birmingham acting school ‘comes out’ to challenge sexuality prejudice

Birmingham School of Acting (BSA), part of Birmingham City University, is addressing gay preconceptions in a new theatre production where characters are scrutinised for being ‘straight’, in a society where everyone else is gay.

Devised and performed by Outspoken, a company of graduates and students from BSA’s Applied Performance course, ‘Heterophobia’ tells the story of Ryan, a 15 year-old heterosexual male who is trying to ‘come out’.

Tom Craig, who plays the role of Ryan and graduated from BSA in 2013, said “’Heterophobia’ is a really powerful piece as it makes you realise just how unfair sexuality prejudices are and the troubles that young people can feel are placed on them when expressing their sexuality.”

The theatrical performance, developed in collaboration with Birmingham Hippodrome, sees Ryan develop feelings for classmate Alice and is later exposed to cyber bullying when peers learn that Ryan is heterosexual and attracted to someone of the opposite sex.

The production follows on from the recent outrage and anti-gay climate at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and a report released earlier this year by Youth Chances warning that a generation of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people face a mental health crisis, with the neglect of LGBT issues by schools contributing to an environment of hostility of fear.

Hannah Phillips, Course Director of Applied Performance at BSA and Director of ‘Heterophobia, said: “The findings from the Youth Chances survey were very concerning, revealing that more than half of young gay people have suffered mental health issues and 40% have considered suicide. The School Report by the lesbian, gay and bisexual charity Stonewall, revealed that homophobic bullying is still widespread in schools, with three in five young people who experience homophobic bullying saying that teachers who witness the bullying never intervene. The development of social media means that this bullying then continues online out of school hours.

“’Heterophobia’ is an urban musical which has been made to engage young people with these complex and sensitive issues and challenge normative stereotypes through spoken word, MC, dance and live video projection. ‘Heterophobia’ explores the ‘coming out’ of a heterosexual young male in a gay world, switching the roles of the oppressed and the oppressor!

“Getting audience members to view this situation from another angle may help them to understand the impact that this type of bullying can have on young people.”

‘Heterophobia’ incorporates interactive digital technology and a fusion of art forms – dance, drama, original songs, film and animation, performance poetry and spoken word, as well as providing a new model of audience participation by welcoming spectators to explore and engage with the stage and set before each performance begins.

Also featuring in ‘Heterophobia’ are two members of Antics Dance Crew, who appeared in Sky 1’s ‘Got to Dance’ and radio and television presenter Joanne Malin, who has recorded a mock news broadcast to be included in the production.

Performances take place at Birmingham Hippodrome on Thursday 3 and Friday 4 April, with tickets priced at £5. For more information and to book tickets, click here.

Approx. running 70 minutes running time.

Schools performances (aimed at Key Stages 3, 4 & 5): Thursday 3 April at 1.30pm and Friday 4 April at 10.30am.

Public performances: Thursday 3 and Friday 4 April at 7.15pm. 

Heterophobia | The Hippodrome, Birmingham, 3-4 April 2014

Heterophobia – Trailer from Outspoken on Vimeo.

Book tickets via Birmingham Hippodrome.

A new Urban Musical for young audiences, Heterophobia is a hybrid fusion of art forms and interactive digital technology which tells the story of a young heterosexual male trying to ‘come out’.

  • Devised and Performed by Outspoken
  • Devised and Directed by Hannah Phillips
  • Composition by Nik Haley
  • Videos & VJing by Adam Guy, We Make Art

Suitable for ages 12 plus.

Performances at The Patrick Centre , The Hippodrome

  • Thursday 3rd April at 1.30pm and 7.15pm
  • Friday 4th April at 10.30am and 7.15pm in

Tickets are £5 (plus 25p booking fee) and teachers go free.

Special preview

You can now buy tickets (£5) for the first 30 min preview of Heterophobia (work in progress) at The REP as part of a Student Festival on Friday 14th March at 7pm followed by a Q&A with the company.

Don’t forget to bring your smart phones!

Book tickets via Birmingham Hippodrome.


Informing, educating and empowering young people through performance