Alternative Pantomime to kickstart official LGBT History month celebrations

Besi Besemar October 21, 2016

Alternative Pantomime provides a spectacular Brighton curtain raiser to LGBT History month 2017.


In a unique development, this years Alternative Pantomime ‘A Ladd In’¬†will be staged by the organisers and performers of the Alternative Pantomime, in partnership with the University of Brighton, Brighton & Hove¬†LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) and Gscene Magazine in the Sallis Benney Theatre at the University of Brighton.

The new partnership brings together LGBT students and academics at the University of Brighton with the city’s diverse LGBT communities, through use of the theatre facility, help ing foster and develop the production of the Alternative Pantomime as a positive addition to the University of Brighton event and programming strategy.

This ground braking affiliation seeks to engage university students in the wide range of issues highlighted through the work of GScene Magazine and the Brighton & Hove LGBT CSF, as well as Brighton University’s work with the awarding winning Count Me In research project, further work in LGBT research, and LGBT educational and community activity at the University of Brighton.

The Iconic Alternative Pantomime ‘A Ladd In’ will¬†open on Thursday, January 19 and is the official curtain raiser to LGBT History Month 2017 in Brighton & Hove.

As well as raising money for the Rainbow Fund, who make grants to LGBT/HIV organisations delivering effective front line services to LGBT people in the city, the partnership will help raise awareness of scholarly issues related to, LGBT history, artistic and performance practice, health, and sociology.

The production of ¬†‘A Ladd In’¬†¬†at the Sallis Benney Theatre will run in tandem with other LGBT events and exhibitions at Jubilee Library and other city centre exhibition spaces, culminating towards the end of February with the resurrection of the Iconic LGBT History Ball, bringing LGBT History Month 2017 to a spectacular climax.

Opportunities for student engagement with the production and related initiatives are fundamental to the partnership which will be managed by the Brighton & Hove LGBT CSF. All monies raised during the run of the Pantomime will be distributed by the Rainbow Fund, through their independent grants programme.

As part of the wider partnership GScene Magazine will be offering opportunities for student journalists at Brighton University to engage with the city’s diverse LGBT communities, with an open call to develop a student section in the magazine and cover city-wide news.

Current research projects including the annual Brighton & Hove LGBT CSF Trust and Confidence Survey will be developed with the help of academics and the partnership will be seeking to develop a research project through which a researcher will examine the history and history-making associated with LGBT theatre and entertainment.

The Alternative Pantomime will be organised and developed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the University Theatre and Gallery, in recognition of the University’s Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity protocols. Safeguarding policies will be developed and delivered by the Brighton & Hove LGBT CSF, enabling the University of Brighton to be a recognised partner, that can be proud of hosting this iconic LGBT event.

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