So, what’s this all about and what is it you’re all actually doing?
We are Kieran, Sophie, Jemima and Margot….four actors currently touring AlterEgo Theatre Company’s new show, ‘Feel the Hate.’ The play is the fictional retelling of four different characters, deriving from a collaboration of verbatim narrative (taken from true stories of residents within the Cumbria area.) Ania – a sixteen year old Polish female, Susanna – a sixteen year old English girl who has converted to Islam, Joe – A sixteen year old homosexual male and Kim – also sixteen with MD (Muscular Dystrophy.)
It was at the beginning of 2016 when the company brought the script (in its early stages) up to Cumbria for a bit of a read. Between four actors, the director and police we had a session to scope where it was going and if there was any other relevant stories we could include that were issues up this end of the country that maybe we hadn’t touched upon. After discussing with Cumbria Police, they gave significant feedback and after a few tweaks and additions have stuck by the company resulting in the ‘go ahead’ and then commissioning us to make this project come alive and our tour possible!
In addition to this fantastic project, it just so happens that National Hate Crime Awareness Week (October 8-15th) falls during this time (on our third week of touring) and we’re feeling pretty darn passionate about not only the show but a lot of stories within the media that are extremely relative and linking to the post show talk at the end!
‘ Hate Crime is any incident which may or may not be a crime that anyone perceives to be motivated by hostility or prejudice towards any aspect of a person’s identity. This covers race, identified gender, disability, ethnicity or sexuality.’
Over our last two weeks, we shall be blogging and writing away with the aim to support and get the word out about the project we are doing. There will be specific facts, figures, personal and impersonal features included surrounding the topics within the show. Each day you will get introduced to one of the four characters individually and their stories within the play – Ania, Kim, Joe and Susanna . It will be an insight into where their stories originally came from, what it feels like to play the characters as actors and what surprises, shocks and new found information has come about from delivering and performing the show and post show talk across Cumbria.
Next week, we’ll hopefully have posts from other key figures who have been part of the team – The writer / director, people who have supported and commissioned this wonderful project and hopefully some of our audience members!
Keep up to date, keep informed and in the words of Ania Berlinski:
‘Don’t stand for it. Don’t allow it.