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The story plays out in realtime and is set in a rundown flat in Dagenham. There a woman called Anita is moving in following the death of Vincent, her son who was killed in a homophobic attack which resulted in her discovering that he was a homosexual in the aftermath of his murder. In the play we see her interact with Davey, a boy who claims to have been the first to find Vincent's corpse and who wants to know as much as he can about Vincent from Anita. It is a powerful and extremely gripping piece of theatre that brings to light the issue of Hate Crime in the LGBT community. It has heart but it punches you in the gut with its raw and emotional dialogue. This play highlights the brutal existence of LGBT Hate Crime in today's society and I want this to work alongside the constant work the Police do in communities to encourage LGBT people to come forward and not be afraid to report hate crime.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Hate incidents and hate crimes are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. For example, you may have had abuse shouted at you on the street because you were holding hands with your same-sex partner. Police forces in England and Wales make a distinction between a hate crime and a hate incident. A hate incident is defined as any act, which may or may not be a crime, that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards an aspect of a person’s identity A hate crime is any illegal act that the victim or any other person perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudices towards an aspect of a person's identity. Homophobic, biphobic or transphobic hate crimes or incidents are motivated by the offender's hostility or prejudice towards lesbian, gay, bi or trans people
Steps to get it done:
One in six lesbian, gay and bi people have experienced a homophobic or biphobic hate crime or incident over the last three years - and yet the reporting is next to 0. North Yorkshire Police do a fantastic job in raising the profile of hate crime and it is important that people feel safe and comfortable to come forward. This play outlines what happens when people don't come forward and the repercussions on loved ones left behind and the media portrayal in society.
About the space
Basement City Screen
City of York Council
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