The Hate Play - Combating Hate Crime in Coventry

Posted on 13 October 2015

In just over a week, award-winning theatre company Box Clever visit the Belgrade’s B2 auditorium with The Hate Play. Developed in partnership with Essex Police, The Hate Play is an interactive performance portraying the devastating impact of victimisation and hate crime on a group of young friends.

Part of the October Festival of Theatre for Children and Young People, this production continues our year-long programme of events celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Theatre in Education which began here at the Belgrade. Following in the footsteps of Theatre in Education, The Hate Play was originally created for Secondary School Pupils with elements of audience participation to explore the subject – a structure reminiscent of TiE.

It also examines the issue of hate crime, a particularly pertinent topic in the news today and also one that’s relevant to young audiences. This echoes the nature of Theatre in Education, which often aims to create a platform for discussion around important issues and to accurately reflect the world in which we live.

Hate crime is defined as a crime motivated by racial, sexual, or other prejudice, typically one involving violence. This particular production doesn’t focus on any single motivation for the hate crime to keep it relevant to the widest possible audience.

This production coincides with today’s announcement by the Home Office, that hate crime has risen by 18% over the last year in England and Wales. Statistics show that police recorded 52,528 hate crimes in 2014/15, up from 44,471 in 2013/14. Prime Minister David Cameron has called for action to “challenge hatred” in response to the announcement.

Through a powerful and emotive performance, the Hate Play creates an awareness about the prevalence of hate crime and educates young people about its effects on health and emotional well-being. This response from a pupil at Mulberry School for Girls, shows the effect the production had on her. “The play showed how much a person who gets bullied suffers and how to act towards bullying if you see it happen. I think the way they acted it was good because it involved us and showed us what we might do and could have done.”

Tickets are available now for The Hate Play by calling priced from just £7.50 for children and £10.25 for adults. Book now by calling our friendly Box Office team on 024 7655 3055 or book online for cheaper tickets.

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