Gender And Sexual Identity In Focus As Debate Ends Creative Matters Season

Creative Matters

What are the issues facing those struggling with their gender and sexual identity? Are there specific challenges in Norfolk, and do we all know enough about this subject?

Now is the chance to debate these and other questions as Norwich Theatre Royal prepares to wrap up its Creative Matters season with a live debate.

The Conversation on Sept 28 in Stage Two will allow people to come together and discuss the issues raised during the month-long season of performances and film screenings which explore issues around gender and sexual identity.

Already confirmed for the panel is Alexis Gregory, the acclaimed playwright and actor who penned and directed Safe which forms part of the season. Cast locally, it tells the true story of four young people and how they faced up to a number of issues including race, drugs, sexual and religious pressures.

Alexis Gregory directing Safe at Norwich Theatre Royal

He will be joined by the film-maker, trainer and activist Michelle Savage who has worked closely with young people across Norfolk who have concerns and worries around their sexuality, as well as being very well-known as a key member of Norwich Pride.

The discussion itself will be chaired by Norwich Theatre Royal chief executive Stephen Crocker, who is also a trustee of both Manchester Gay Pride and the Albert Kennedy Trust, which supports 16 to 25-year-olds who are LGBT and are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.

Wendy Ellis, the theatre’s learning and participation director, said: “The Conversation fits in with the ethos of this season to give people the chance to debate and consider issues which affect all of us. We would encourage people to come along for this free event and join in the discussions with a panel who all have first-hand experience of helping and working with those who face questions about their gender and sexual identity.”


Tickets for The Conversation are free but must be booked.