Monday 24th February

The scene due to be filmed tomorrow at SafeSide experiential learning centre (http://www.safeside.org.uk) was devised in today’s rehearsal along with some more intimate scenes which will follow the pre recorded film, delving deeper into the plot of Heterophobia.

 

“We have been working in The Drum studio space for a while now and every time I go there, I feel the development of the piece and of my character furthering. As a company member adapting to this space, it allows my character to develop further as I have to adapt to the larger space and bring more presence forward.

In parts of today’s rehearsal, we had to devise a scene in which you see the relationship of Ryan and Alice grow, where Alice and Billie’s relationship changes and where Daniella’s feelings for Billie unfold further. Together, as a group alongside Hannah, we devised the scene, which starts by exiting the bus and entering the street. It perfectly captures Alice’s frustration and confusion with herself, her peers and her sexuality.

Whilst devising this, the characters were aloud to play around with scenario and the words they chose to use in order to find the true essence of the scene”.

Lauren Naomi Hutchinson– member of the cast of Heterophobia, second year Applied Performance student at Birmingham School of Acting.

Thursday 20th February

“The project Heterophobia has been extremely rewarding so far and I am extremely excited for the show itself and to see how the message is perceived by audiences. I actively stand for the messages we wish to portray throughout the project and believe that every individual should be able to embrace their own identity no matter where they live in the world. As director, Hannah has the overall creative decision of the piece itself however gives the company an equal say in the devising process setting up tasks for us to stimulate material for the piece itself. There is a real sense of ‘ensemble creativity’ which not many actors within a company get the chance to experience when devising. The highlight so far has to be the work we have done around character and each rehearsal I am discovering new and exciting information about my character ‘Jason’ and I look forward to seeing how much further he will progress as a character throughout”.

 

Richard Reilly – member of the cast of Heterophobia, second year Applied Performance student at Birmingham School of Acting.

Digital Stuff

Heterophobia will be using videography and projections throughout the pre show and performance as well as portraying parts of the storyline through pre-recorded film. A section of this filming will be taking place next Tuesday 25th February at SafeSide (http://www.safeside.org.uk), an experiential learning centre that Birmingham School of Acting Applied Performance course often works in partnership with. Exciting progress within the project.

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Photo credit: Courtney Wallis Richardson, Year 2 Applied Performance (http://bit.ly/1ePV3By) student.

Ellen page “Comes Out”

Ellen page “Comes Out” as being gay – http://variety.com/2014/film/news/ellen-page-announces-she-is-gay-1201105145/

Ellen Page

 

Hollywood is invasive and crushing, pushing its stereotypes onto young people in society and defining, on their behalf, how they should act and look and what they should be. Nobody should have to ‘hide’ who they truly are due to fear of scrutiny and comment, in the exact same way that nobody should have to ‘come out’ or proclaim who they are for the benefit of the society they live in. Labeling and boxing off people as this or that, in my opinion, is wrong. ‘Coming out’ in this day and age shouldn’t exist and scrutiny against another human being of any kind needs to be completely removed.

 

“I have never ‘come out’ but I am not hiding either. I believe that anyone who assumes the sexuality of another are nothing but ignorant to the world around them. The sad reality is that we are expected to declare our sexuality like breaking bad news if we are anything other than heterosexual. Why? Why are we considered heterosexual from birth until we consciously voice otherwise?”

Kirstie Amber Mahon – member of the cast of Heterophobia, second year Applied Performance student at Birmingham School of Acting.

Dispatches – HUNTED.

HUNTED

Russia, “a country where it’s thought only 1% of gay people dare to live completely openly”. This Channel 4 documentary explores the incredibly prominent vigilante gang violence going on that target’s gay men and women in Russia today. “The film depicts a country troubled by disturbing violence and distressing intimidation”.

The fact that the terms ‘pedophile’ and ‘homosexual’ are used interchangeably in public by, not only members of these vigilante ‘gay hunting’ groups but by members of the public and community is just heartbreaking. This along with the fact that violent “heterosexual healing” is something that these groups are not only publicly acting upon and offering but, filming and posting as ‘trophy videos’ online. There is a clear lack of education or lack of understanding and acceptance within communities such as these where ‘healing’, ‘correcting’ and ‘curing’ happens on a daily basis and not only in a private and secluded place but openly, boldly and, most frightening of all, proudly, in public and online, for all to see and be aware of. These frightening acts are absolutely devastating and completely unacceptable.

Throughout the duration of the documentary; a representative priest publicly announces that he considers them, them being ‘gay people’, “spiritually and morally ill”, it is common knowledge that influential and highly thought of members of Russian parliament are, at present, seeking to further strengthen the new legislation put in place so as to inhibit gay couples from being parents and so as to have children removed from current same sex relationship families and on top of this, influential people within education, such as teachers, are openly and proudly homophobic.

There is focus on one group within the documentary, known as Occupy Paedophilia, which lures its victims from online chat rooms and forums into secluded places where they then proceed to taunt and probe questions such as “How do you all become gay? Do you just sit at home and decide to take it up the arse?” And this is only a tiny insight of what these groups get up to as they were restrained due to being in the presence of a camera in order for the documentary to be possible.

Homosexuality within Russia is going through vicious scrutiny and is something that currently is not ‘tolerated’. I use the term ‘tolerated’ loosely, as in my opinion homosexuality is not something that should be ‘tolerated’ or even ‘accepted’ because in many peoples eyes, it just is.

 

“The high levels of ignorance and blatant dismissal of the physical, emotional and spiritual well being of gay people in Russia is undoubtedly out of date to the rest of the western world. With the UK, USA, and other parts of Europe recognizing same sex relationships, how did we not know about this monstrosity until a channel 4 documentary was aired? Why are the mentalities of the Russian government so inverted and not moving on with the modern movement that we know in the west? With strong partnerships with the EU, particularly England, we need to perpetuate this movement. It is most definitely a cause for concern. The gay and lesbian communities of Russia are hiding and are bound silent by the majority. This is no different to racism, sexism, slavery and needs to be stopped. We are all the same”.

Lauren Naomi Hutchinson– member of the cast of Heterophobia, second year Applied Performance student at Birmingham School of Acting.

 

Lucy Mangan, gives her insight into Dispatches: HUNTED in her TV review on behalf of The Guardian, Thursday 6th February – http://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2014/feb/06/dispatches-russia-gay-brutality-k2-storyville