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CATFISH

A new free performance for young people (13-18 years). A fusion of live performance, music and interactive digital technology exploring issues of Child Sexual Exploitation (CSE).

Please bring your smartphones along to the performance as there are interactive sections where you can join in.

FREE school performances:
WED 8 FEB 1.30PM
THURS 9 FEB 10.30AM & 1.30PM
FRI 10 FEB 10.30AM & 1.30PM

To book free school tickets email outspoken@artrix.co.uk

PUBLIC PERFORMANCE
WEDS 8 FEB 7PM £5 Click here to book

Performance length 60 minutes, no interval, must be aged 13 or above to attend.

Devised and performed by Outspoken
Devised and Directed by Hannah Phillips

Interactive Digital Technology by C&T

Keeping Children and Young People Safe Online will be a free training session facilitated by David Thompson former county education adviser for ICT in Worcestershire’s School Improvement Service. This free workshop is for any parents, carers or people who work with young people and would like information about keeping young people safe online . Please book your free ticket through the Box Office for Wednesday 8th February 5.30pm-6.30pm before the 7pm performance. You can attend the workshop without attending the performance.

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A new, FREE performance about sexual health for 13-18 yrs

A fusion of live performance, music and digital technology exploring issues of sexual health and healthy relationships for young people.
Bring your smartphones along as the performance will have interactive sections.

Performance length 60 minutes, no interval, must be aged 13 or above to attend

To book FREE school tickets email outspoken@artrix.co.uk

ACE Space, 54-57 Floodgate Street, Birmingham, B5 5SL
Wed 16 Nov: 10.30am, 1.30pm & 7.00pm
Thur 17 Nov: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Fri 18 Nov: 10.30am & 1.30pm
Sat 19 Nov: 10.30am

Artrix, Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1GN
Wed 30 Nov: 10.30am & 1.30pm (FREE)
7.00pm (£5)
Thur 1 Dec: (World AIDS Day)
10.30am & 1.30pm (FREE)
To book tickets www.artrix.co.uk
Box office: 01527 577330

Devised and performed
by Outspoken
Devised and Directed
by Hannah Phillips

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‘O’Big City of Birmingham!’

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

Performance dates and times –
BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM & ART GALLERY – 21ST NOVEMBER 1:30pm, 2:15pm and 3pm!

MAC(MIDLANDS ART CENTRE) – 28TH NOVEMBER 1:30PM!

ST PHILIPS CATHEDRAL (PIGEON PARK!) – 5TH DECEMBER 1:30PM!

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

HETEROPHOBIA IS BACK @MAC BIRMINGHAM!

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!
http://macbirmingham.co.uk/event/heterophobia/

HETEROPHOBIA TRAILER!

HETEROPHOBIA IN THE NEWS!

HETEROPHOBIA TRAILER 2

Heterophobia – Trailer from Outspoken on Vimeo.

OUTSPOKEN OPEN MIC NIGHT!

OUTSPOKEN OPEN MIC!

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JOIN US ON THE 7TH OCT,4TH NOV, 2ND DEC  2014 @ THE DRUM BIRMINGHAM!

OUTSPOKEN OPEN MIC OFFERS PERFORMERS OF ALL ABILITY TO SHOWCASE THEIR WORK TO A AUDIENCE OF BOTH STUDENTS AND ARTISTS ALL SHARING A PASSION FOR LIVE PERFORMANCE!

THE EVENING RUNS WITH TWO HEADLINING ACTS AND THREE OPEN MIC SLOTS ARE AVAILABLE. IF YOU WISH TO PERFORM ON THE NIGHT DONT HESITATE TO LET US KNOW

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– EMAIL – OUTSPOKENPERFORMANCE@GMAIL.COM                            -VIA THE EVENT PAGE  https://www.facebook.com/events/644324055685735

STARTS AT 7PM

OPEN BAR

VENUE ADDRESS
144 Potters Ln,
Birmingham,
West Midlands
B6 4UU

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.