Like many cities across the country, gang-related crime is a very real and current concern in Birmingham. Between fractured family lives, few opportunities and feeling rejected by society, many young people become caught up in gangs, finding support and a feeling of purpose. But at what cost?
This sensitive issue is just one of the topics explored in Dem Boyz, a hard-hitting new production showing at The Drum on Thu 4 & Fri 5 Dec.
Created and performed by Year 2 BA(Hons) Applied Performance (Community and Education) students from Birmingham School of Acting, and directed by Course Leader Hannah Phillips, Dem Boyz uses a fusion of Spoken Word, Music, Dance and Physical Theatre to engage audiences in a serious discussion of gang association amongst disaffected young adults growing up in the inner city.
“Cultivated and combined, the old me re-defined
I’m part of a gang, a real bloodline,
Hold up the family sign.” – Production Quote
Incorporating issues of youth violence, drug addiction, sexual exploitation, mental health and loss, the production aims to raise awareness with both young audiences and the wider community, working together to safeguard and empower young people. The show has already been enthusiastically supported across Birmingham, with a dozen local schools and colleges booking tickets for their students.
Powerfully honest and beautifully produced, The Drum are proud to support this amazing new production, and hope you’ll join us in doing the same. To book tickets, call The Drum’s Box Office on 0121 333 2444 or visit www.the-drum.org.uk
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