SAFE, a powerful new verbatim theatre piece featuring Riley Carter Millington, who as Kyle Slater in EastEnders was the first transgender actor to play a long-running trans role in a British soap, will be the first production at London Theatre Workshop in its new home in Leadenhall Market.
A recent study found that 25% of homeless and at risk young people identify as LGBT. SAFE, by Alexis Gregory, directed by Robert Chevara, explores the so-far untold stories of our cities’ homeless and at risk LGBT youth.
SAFE will run from Monday 17th October – Saturday 22nd October 2016. with Press Night on Tuesday 18th October at 7.30pm.
Via the Albert Kennedy Trust, a charity that helps and supports homeless and at risk LGBT youth, playwright Alexis Gregory interviewed some of these young people. The result is this new theatre piece interweaving their verbatim testimonies with live music and poetry, putting centre stage these stories from a diverse community. These are stories of sexuality, gender, childhood, family, identity, religion, race, addiction and survival and an exploration of what it means to feel truly safe in today’s world.
The full cast is: Riley Carter Millington, Laura Jayne Ayres, Michael Fatogun, Kit Redstone.
Riley Carter Millington is currently still on screen in EastEnders. SAFE will be his first role following his departure from the series, which was announced by the BBC this week. Last year, Riley went straight to number 1 on The Independent’s annual ‘Rainbow List’, which recognises and celebrates those who had paved the way for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality. The judging panel said that his playing Kyle “could help trans people – even save lives – and represents a landmark cultural moment”. Riley is currently nominated for ‘Best Newcomer’ in the TV Choice awards & ‘Inspirational role model of the year’ in the European Diversity Awards.
Riley said: “I love the passion Alexis Gregory has for his projects and SAFE in particular, and the importance he places on authenticity, for example a trans actor playing the role of a trans person and the fact that it is based on a real life story. It’s important for these stories to be shown and told, and when reading the part I was sucked in. I felt every word of what ‘Jack’ was saying and the struggle he’d gone through to be himself, showing us that not everyone is fortunate within their family situations or relationships.This play also shows that there are people and places out there who want to help. Organisations like the Albert Kennedy trust who have helped so many homeless and at risk people and have given them a second chance. This piece has touched me and from an actor’s perceptive and it’s completely different from previous roles so I’m looking forward to exploring the depths of this character with Robert Chevara and Alexis.”
SAFE sold out its previous run at Soho Theatre, staged as part of the Pride in London Arts Festival.
Tori Allen Martin (October 17, 19, 21);
Rudi Douglas (October 18, 20, 22)
Poetry written by Yrsa Daley Ward.
Post Performance Activities
Each evening, post performance, there will be a series of exciting and varied talks and Q&A’s exploring ‘Safe’s themes with guest hosts, guest speakers and with the ‘Safe’ cast and creative team.
17th October: Robert Chevara (‘Safe’s director) interviewing Albert Kennedy Trust CEO, Tim Sigsworth, MBE.
18th October: Matthew Todd, ex-editor of ‘Attitude’ magazine and author of ‘Straight Jacket’ discussing the possible implications of growing up as LGBT. More to be announced.
“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 a boy and everything would become right.”
“I would pray to take the homosexual side out of me and bathe myself in holy water. God knew how much I wanted to change. He would have done it if he wanted to.”
“I was 13 years old. My mum said ‘are you gay?’ and I said ‘yeah’ and the first thing she did was punch me in the face. I cried my eyes out, left the house, ran away and didn’t come back for a week.”
SAFE is media partnered with Attitude.
by Alexis Gregory
London Theatre Workshop
(next to New Moon Public House
& Dining Rooms)
88 Gracechurch Street,
London EC3V 0DN
Monday 17 – Saturday 22 October 2016 at 7.30pm
Press night Tuesday 18 October at 7.30pm
Tickets: £15 (£12 concs)
An allocation of tickets will be available on a ‘pay what you can’ basis.
Age Recommendation 16+