Speak Up! Act Out! announces forum theatre performance for International
Back by popular demand, Speak Up! Act Out! will perform Contact Order in celebration of
International Men’s Day. Using methods from Theatre of the Oppressed, we will take audiences on
an interactive journey of theatre, debate and storytelling as we explore the issues that fathers can
face following the breakdown of a relationship.
Inspired by true experiences and events, Contact Order presents the story of Mark, a single dad
who tries to protect and maintain his relationship with his child, and how he gradually loses control
and support in his attempts to do so. In this performance audiences will observe the struggles of a
single father, who tries to maintain contact with his child. By transforming the stage as a platform
for debate, we explore gender stereotypes, the family law system and the discrimination towards
fathers which is still present within our community.
Here is what people say about our work:
“An excellent evening of which Augusto [Boal] would have been proud” Ali Campbell
“A really interesting and emotive production. It’s the first time I’ve been to a ‘forum’ like this and
found it very thought provoking. Thank you to all concerned”
“I was moved! Interesting if painful topic, explored in an open and engaging fashion – well done!”
“Amazing, real theatre” Alexis
“ Before I spoke I was adamant that would not speak out loud but suddenly I felt compelled to say
something and take part!” Laura Matthews
“Very intelligent, stimulating discussion and great performances” Marianna Petrides
The performance will be on Saturday 18th November at 6:30pm at the Dukebox theatre in Hove,
To book tickets please contact Sweet Venues – The Dukebox Theatre, 3 Waterloo Street, Brighton,
Tickets £8 / £6.
£1 from each ticket sale goes to Mankind, a counselling service for male survivors of sexual abuse.
You can find our facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/293907944432298
For further information please contact:
Speak Up! Act Out!
Notes for editors
1. Speak Up! Act Out! are a Brighton based theatre company, who producing thought-provoking
plays about matters that affect our community. Usually our stories contain material which is
considered taboo or needs to be talked about. Our aim is to empower those who face
discrimination, adversity or oppression; we do this by initiating honest dialogue, compassion
and a sense of solidarity.
2. Speak Up! Act Out! also offer workshops based on the themes of our work, or we can create
new material with groups who are interested in using Forum Theatre and Theatre of the
Oppressed. Themes and issues which we have worked with include: homelessness, unhealthy
relationships, homophobia, sexual abuse.
3. Speak Up! Act Out! are keen to invite and work with all sectors of our society – including social
policy makers, the police force, magistrates, prisoners, social workers, colleges, youth projects,
community groups et al.
4. International Men’s Day is an annual international event celebrated on 19 November each
year. It focuses on men’s and boys’ health, improving gender relations, promoting gender
equality, and highlighting male role models. It is also an occasion to highlight discrimination
against men and boys and to celebrate their achievements and contributions, in particular for
their contributions to community, family, marriage, and child care.