Safe launches online, free to watch from 19 April, streaming on this page.
Watch above or use these direct YouTube links:
‘I was born female. I was four years old and convinced there had been a mistake and I was going to grow up to become and a boy and everything would become right’.
‘We woke up early to pray and there was conversation about sending me back to Africa. They asked a friend to take me there and do it; to cure me’.
‘I’m an alcoholic and when I drink I can’t stop. I’ve been going to AA for a year. I’m twenty years old. I’ll be twenty one in November’.
‘I was thirteen years old. My mum said ‘are you gay?’. I said ‘yeah’ and she punched me in the face. I cried my eyes out, left the house, ran away and didn’t come back for a week’.
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.
A virtual online launch event and ‘post-show’ talk, also free, is planned for 19 April with hosts and guests including Tim Sigsworth (akt Chief Executive), Ben Hunte (BBC) and acclaimed playwright / director Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE, alongside the Safe cast and creative team. This event is also viewable on this page from 8pm on April 19th.
Created and directed by Alexis Gregory
Poetry written by Yrsa Daley-Ward
Jack Elijah Ferreira
Samuel Taofique Folarin
Alicia May Kelly
Tami Mary Malone
Directors of photography and post-production Mann Bros. Media
Lighting design Mike Robertson
Production sound James de Taranto
Production electrician Adam Mottley
Make-up Victoria Winfield
PR Kevin Wilson
Poster photography and design Steve Kraitt
Production photography Jane Hobson
Production / digital associate Reuben Cook
Produced by Alexis Gregory
Partnered with and filmed at Hackney Empire
Supported by Park Theatre
Funded by Arts Council England
Safe is presented in association with HE Creative Futures
Available to watch on this page from 7pm April 19th.
Premiere screening 7pm
Live post-show Q&A 8pm
Age recommendation 16+
Both Safe and the post-show Q&A will be available to watch on demand from 19 April onwards.
The Safe play text is published by Bloomsbury Publishing.
For further information on AKT please go to akt.org.uk