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Announcing The Laramie Project Tour - Camberley Youth Theatre

Gay Surrey is proud to introduce The Laramie Project Tour, an innovative new project which The Camberley Theatre are bringing to schools throughout July. The Laramie Project is a play made from first hand community accounts of the brutal murder of a young gay man in Laramie Wyoming USA in 1998. The play, which has also been made into a film, has been extremely well received critically and is now the second most performed play in schools in the United States.

Xpress Theatre Company performers (aged 16 - 19 years) are being trained to become peer educators so that they can tour the play along with a post show discussion/workshop to students in Year 10+. The aim is to combat homophobia and raise awareness about hate crimes and their effect in a community. This project is supported by The Safer Surrey Heath Partnership, Surrey County Arts, Schools Out, Connexions, the charity Gay Surrey and the Arts Council England.

Sam King, Connexions Personal Adviser, LGBTQ Young People, Surrey Youth Development Services said,  'This is an exciting and innovative project that challenges preconceptions and discrimination in a non-confrontational, but thought provoking manner. The fact that it is a peer led project adds to the impact and is a fantastic way to initiate change in the way we think and act towards minority groups.'

Sue Sanders from Schools' Out saw an extract from the performance at the LGBT History Month Launch in February and she said, 'The performances were assured and strong and the young people spoke to and deeply moved an audience of a hundred.'

The performances are offered free of charge to schools in Surrey Heath.

Thanks to funding from Surrey County Arts there is a subsidised rate of £50 to schools in Surrey

  • Gay Surrey are offering to fund the £50 to schools in Woking, Weybridge, Addlestone and Chertsey
  • Connexions are offering funding to the first ten Surrey schools or colleges to book the project.

If your school or college takes up this amazing offer, you will receive one full performance of The Laramie Project and post show discussion (running time 2 hours) and a teachers' pack including cross curricular exercises for English and Drama as well as for PSHE. This project has the capability of going beyond the PSHE curriculum. One school has already opted to teach The Laramie Project for G.C.S.E. English coursework and the performance would be an excellent opportunity for Drama students to see a live performance without the hassle of organising a school trip. We have various times available from 3rd-28th July. The piece is entirely self sufficient and requires no technical support.

For further information or to reserve your performance date, contact Nina Lemon, Arts Development Officer, by calling 01276 707617. This is a rare free opportunity for students to see a truly thought provoking play and have the opportunity to talk openly and honestly with their peers.

 

The TWISTER Youth Club are also offering a trip, subsidised by Surrey Youth Development Services, to see The Laramie Project at Camberley Theatre on the evening of Monday 17th July, if you are not already a member of the TWISTER Youth Club, then contact Sam King
 
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