eLiGiBiliTy (LGBTQI+ Young People Writing Project)

by Paul Lawless in Weymouth, England, United Kingdom

eLiGiBiliTy (LGBTQI+ Young People Writing Project)

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This project will only be funded if at least £2,520 is pledged by February 28th 2019 at 10:37am

Facilitate creative writing/performance workshops for LGBT adolescents in West Dorset to inspire, empower and foster their creative talent.

by Paul Lawless in Weymouth, England, United Kingdom

Who are we?

Frenetic Fox Theatre is a Dorset-based company which creates live work that is a collaboration between theatre-makers and often disadvantaged or vulnerable community groups within the county. So far we have produced an award-nominated solo performance piece entitled 'Appily Ever After' (Best Spoken Word, The Greater Manchester Fringe, 2017) which combined original song, projection and the spoken word to explore the perils and pitfalls of online dating.

What are we up to?

Our newest theatre project comes in the form of devised theatre piece 'Sub!' which is a collaboration with West Dorset theatre-makers Hannah Soulsby-Phillips (Rummage Theatre), Jacqueline Avery (The Makeshift Ensemble) and myself - Paul Lawless (Frenetic Fox Theatre).

Our second show is to explore white, abandoned working class males and the performance of 'maleness' within deprived social settings. As part of the development process I am keen to facilitate writing workshops with LGBT youth in the West Dorset region as part of a Sister project, provisionally entitled 'eLiGiBiliTy'. These sessions aim to foster participant's own sense of agency, whilst allowing them to explore their creativity in a safe, supportive and encouraging environment and imbue them with a sense of aspiration as a member of the LGBTQI+ community residing in a rural setting.

How will this come together?

We will organically devise new writing inspired by their own experiences which will culminate in a sharing of sorts. We will also explore movement throughout this process, led by Makeshift Ensemble Practitioner Jacqueline, using their writing as the springboard into the physicalisation of their words and ideas. We will document this writing in the form of audio and/or performance capture (based on the general consensus of the assembled group) and utilise digital technologies, such as hand-held projection as part of a sharing.

Why are we doing this?

Community outreach forms a huge part of the company remit and we are dedicated to access community groups who are marginalised or oppressed to offer them a platform to have their stories' heard.

As a gay man myself, I grew up in the West Dorset area where there is a severe lack of encouraging, positive LGBTQI+ representation. This lack of visibility affected my self-worth and esteem. I had the financial means and opportunities to recoup this through my transition in to an adult through education and my career, however I recognise that others are not as fortunate as me and would like to inspire others to achieve and feel empowered.

Who do we want to work with?

Our aim is to facilitate these sessions in conjunction with the Space Youth Project Weymouth and Dorchester groups (http://www.spaceyouthproject.co.uk/). Formed in 2001, Space Youth Project runs regular youth groups all across Dorset for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or those questioning their sexuality and/or gender identity, offering one-to-one support, family support, school-based workshops for primary-age children and training for professionals.

For Information about the company visit our website (www.freneticfox.co.uk), 'Follow' us on Twitter (@FreneticFoxProd) or give us a 'Like' on Facebook (search 'Frenetic Fox Theatre').

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

You'll receive a big shout over social media, receive a personal thank you via email and feature as part of our 'Thank You's both online and in our performance programmes!

£10 or more

£10 Reward

You'll receive a big shout over social media, receive a personal thank you via email and feature as part of our 'Thank You's both online and in our performance programmes. In addition to this, you'll receive an invite to watch a sharing of 'eLiGiBiliTy' and/or be sent digital audio/recordings of the piece.

£25 or more

£25 Reward

You'll receive a big shout over social media, receive a personal thank you via email and feature as part of our 'Thank You's both online and in our performance programmes. In addition to this, you'll receive an invite to watch a sharing of the 'eLiGiBiliTy', ticket for any performance of the 'Sub!' theatre show and/or be sent digital audio/recordings of both pieces.

£50 or more

£50 Reward

You'll receive a big shout over social media, receive a personal thank you via email and feature as part of our 'Thank You's both online and in our performance programmes. In addition to this, you'll receive four tickets for performances of both 'eLiGiBiliTy' & 'Sub!' (including digital audio/recordings of both pieces) and a A3 poster of 'Sub!'

£100 or more

£100 Reward

You'll receive a big shout over social media, receive a personal thank you via email and feature as part of our 'Thank You's both online and in our performance programmes. In addition to this, you'll receive four tickets for performances of both 'eLiGiBiliTy' & 'Sub!', a A3 poster of 'Sub!' and a Writing/Drama/Voice workshop for any primary/secondary school or community group in Dorset (based on a topic of the school or groups choice).

£250 or more

£250 Reward

You'll receive a big shout over social media, receive a personal thank you via email and feature as part of our 'Thank You's both online and in our performance programmes. In addition to this, you'll receive four tickets for performances of both 'eLiGiBiliTy' & 'Sub!', a A3 poster of 'Sub!' and three Writing/Drama/Voice workshop for any primary/secondary school or community group in Dorset (based on a topic of the school or groups choice).

£500 or more

£500 Reward

You'll receive a big shout over social media and 'Thank You's both online and in our performance programmes. In addition to this, you'll receive four tickets for performances of both 'eLiGiBiliTy', a A3 poster of 'Sub!', a Writing/Drama/Voice workshop for any primary/secondary school or community group in Dorset (based on a topic of the school or groups choice) and a private performance of 'Sub!' prior to the show going out on tour!


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