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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.