25% of homeless and at risk young people identify as LGBTQ+.
A 2020 BBC survey conducted by Ben Hunte, found that reports of transphobic hate crimes in the UK have risen by 354% over the last five years. Gay, lesbian and bisexual reported hate crimes have tripled over the last five years, with a 20% increase on the previous year (2019).
Safe previously received a sell-out performance at the Soho Theatre, a sell-out run at London Theatre Workshop, media partnered with Attitude Magazine and has been performed at Norwich Theatre Royal and Reading Rep. It is now ‘reimagined’ in digital form for 2021.
Cross-platform verbatim theatre piece, Safe, is created entirely out of playwright and performer Alexis Gregory’s (Sex/Crime – Soho Theatre, Riot Act – West End, Kings Head Theatre, Arcola Theatre, touring) interviews with four homeless and at risk LGBT young people, that he met via akt, a charity that supports LGBTQ+ young people aged 16-25 who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment.
Safe is a raw, edgy and challenging piece that also explores the themes of gender, sexuality, identity, childhood, family, addiction, relationships, religion, class, race and what it means to be truly safe in today’s world. It is also an uplifting and inspiriting celebration of the power of queer survival.
Performed by an out-LGBTQ cast, Safe combines the young people’s interweaving verbatim testimonies with live music and spoken-word written especially for Safe by acclaimed poet Yrsa Daley Ward.
Age recommendation: 16+