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Reach Out and Touch Me

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LGB performance project Outbox are preparing for their 3rd annual performance, Reach Out and Touch Me.

It will be no ordinary play; located in the basement of Shoreditch Town Hall, the audience will wander through a maze of corridors, allowing them to interact with various aspects of the gay community, played out by different actors.The event aims to educate people as to what it means to be a part of the LGB community, and how the LGB culture is defined.

Outbox, part of Central School of Speech and Drama, describes itself as an “all-gay theatre company telling untold and forgotten stories of the LGB community”.Their first play, SSA: Same Sex Attraction, was performed in April 2010, and explored youth LGB issues. April 2011 saw their next production, The Front Room, directed at a slightly older LGB audience. It explored the loneliness of being isolated from a community, and resulted from interviews conducted by members of the project with older LGB people.

Ben Buratta, Project Leader & Director of Outbox comments: “Reach Out and Touch Me is the most ambitious, bold project we have undertaken. We wanted to produce something that truly engaged the audience and made them feel part of the LGB community, even for a short space of time.”

Reach Out and Touch Me takes place from 26th-29th April at The Vaults, Shoreditch Town Hall, 380 Old Street, London, EC1V 9LT.

Tickets are free (with a suggested £5 donation to an LGB charity) but need to be bought in advance from Outbox website

Words: Laura Reynolds

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