Transatlantic Theatre Company Production to raise funds for Stop Hate UK

Liane Grant's remarkable writing debut returns to London in March 2019
Liane Grant’s remarkable writing debut returns to London in March 2019 and will raise money for Stop Hate UK.

Stop Hate UK is very proud to be associated with RoL’n Productions’ critically acclaimed play ‘Half Me, Half You’, which is soon to run at the Tristan Bates Theatre, in London’s Covent Garden.

The play is the remarkable writing debut of Liane Grant and explores the complex relationship of a married interracial couple – Jess and Meredith – in incredibly evocative times in the USA, at the start of the turbulent Trump era.

The play intertwines the couple weathering a wave of intolerance, discrimination and oppression that is sweeping the USA; then switches to 16 years later, where a biracial British teen, forced into American life, changes Meredith’s life forever, all in the wake of what turned out to be a second US civil war.

The production, which received rave reviews in its recent 2018 London and New York runs, will not only raise money for Stop Hate UK, but our very own Chief Executive, Rose Simkins, will be appearing on a Q&A session panel on the evening of 1st April, after that evening’s show.

The panel will be chaired by American writer and arts journalist, Terri Paddock and will also feature award winning actor/director, Maria Friedman.

We caught up with the play’s writer; Liane Grant, who told us “I am very excited to bring ’Half Me, Half You’ to the Tristan Bates Theatre and to be able to raise funds for such a vital organisation like Stop Hate UK.

“We are also thrilled that we have the opportunity to hold a Q&A after the show on Monday 1st April. We don’t just see it as a chance to talk about the play itself, but more importantly, to discuss how the play’s issues of racism in particular, but also homophobia and sexism, are resonating with the public at this moment in time. Many people want to make a positive difference but don’t know how to go about it. By having people in the arts industry and experts, such as Rose, contributing on the panel, and helping to guide us through open discussions, we can also focus on giving people more specific tools to effect change.”

Rose Simkins said, “We were absolutely delighted to be associated with such a powerful production and only too happy to be part of the play’s Q&A session. We wish Liane and all her cast and crew, the greatest success in the play’s up and coming run.”

The production previews from 26th March and runs until 6th April. More details can be found by visiting Tristan Bates Theatre or by going to Liane’s own website. You can also see the production’s flyer by clicking here.

Stop Hate UK T-shirts available now!

Stop Hate UK T-Shirts - Now in stockDue to popular demand, Stop Hate UK T-shirts are back!

That’s right, our fab new white cotton t-shirts have just arrived, featuring our colour logo and ‘Stop Hate. Start Here.’ branding, together with the hashtag ‘#NoPlaceForHate’, they’re a great way to show your support for our work and spread the word!

Available (initially) in sizes Large and XL, for £10.95 including postage and packing, they make a great gift for a loved one, friend or relative, just in time for Christmas, or just as a treat for yourself.

You’ll soon be able to buy them directly from our website, along with some other great Stop Hate merchandise, but you can pre-order yours now by emailing info@stophateuk.org with your details and order.

Thanks in advance for your support!

 

My Month at Stop Hate UK, Brexit, Pride and Rejection.

I started my month’s placement with some expectation of the charity world, with experience from Oxfam and local community centres, I thought I knew what to expect. But Stop Hate UK seems a unique charity, small in size but big in support. 

What struck me most was the resilience of the staff, day in day out – through their 24-hour helpline they are faced with hard hitting, often heartbreaking stories from those in need of a friendly ear and informed advice. 

After Brexit, it was more difficult for me to stay optimistic about universalism and societal acceptance, but Stop Hate UK was continuing to lead the way to an open dialogue between the people experiencing discrimination directly, and the Police. The importance of reporting Hate Crime became very obvious, very quickly. By reporting, and recording Hate Crime, it is the only way that the Police services and other protectionary bodies can be aware of what is going on a grass roots level which shapes action and prevention.

Despite the sense of national tension and uncertainty at the time, the office was overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity from individuals and organisations standing up against racism and discrimination of all kinds. With the sale of T-Shirts, proclaiming: ‘You are welcome here!’ with proceeds, sponsored walk, sky-dives, people had united to say ‘Yes’ to Brexit but ‘NO!’ to racism. 

Throughout my placement I worked on various aspects, which I appreciate Stop Hate UK trusting me with, from creating a Fundraising Pack to applying for a grant for Leeds Pride 2016. I proposed a project for Leeds Pride, with an artistic twist aimed at increasing the Stop Hate UK’s publicity through a Facebook campaign. 

However, the effectiveness of the Social Media platform is nothing new to Stop Hate UK, as avid networkers and tweeters, with hashtags flying everywhere, I felt like a novice in the field in comparison. I even witnessed the preparations of a collaboration with Twitter, (YES TWITTER!) for an anti-hate speech online campaign. This was cutting edge stuff!

Unfortunately, my Leeds Pride Grant application was unsuccessful. Even though I had true belief and passion for the proposed project, sometimes, or even often, you will not get the funding you want and believe you should. That is the real world. Much like Brexit, big decisions can be out of your hands.

However, in terms of Hate Crime, if you are being abused and discriminated against, you should know that Stop Hate UK is here to back you up and will endeavour to ensure you feel safe and in control. 

I would like to thank Stop Hate UK, an organisation made up of amazing individuals for teaching so much and really inspiring me for the future! 

Joselene