Prefer Not To Say is a verbatim theatre piece that exposes the inequality ever-present within the LGBTQIA+ community.
For the past 6 months our London-based company, Riot Road, has travelled around the country interviewing people from all walks of life giving everyday people the chance to come forward and have their say. As we journey through testimonies of contracting HIV, homelessness, abuse and prejudice, we gain an insight into the worlds of these brave real-life people and the pressing issues they face.
The piece explores a myriad of emotions as we listen to these important stories, offering up vital lessons and giving the LGBTQIA+ movement a platform to not only feel supported, but represented. Through careful consideration the selected testimonies will be presented through a series of monologues that will be learnt word for word, utterance for utterance by our four actors.
We aim to keep them as authentic as possible as it is integral to present a truthful depiction of the original documented material. Our actors will rehearse using the recorded material to ensure that every nuance is captured in order to encapsulate the true essence of the characters. One of the central aims of the piece is to leave the viewer feeling empowered urging them to embrace all ways of life no matter their sexual preference. We encourage people to attend with an open mind, and leave with an open heart.
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