Pantomime heralds new partnership with LGBT organisations
18 Jan 2017
In a unique development, this year’s Alternative Pantomime in Brighton ‘A Ladd In’ will be staged in partnership with the University of Brighton, Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) and Gscene Magazine
The new partnership brings together LGBT students and academics at the university with the city’s diverse LGBT communities. The event is being staged at the Sallis Benney theatre at the Grand Parade campus, helping foster and develop the production of the Alternative Pantomime as a positive addition to the university’s event programming.
This affiliation seeks to engage university students in the wide range of issues highlighted through the university’s work with the awarding-winning Count Me In research project, further work in LGBT research, and LGBT educational and community activity at the university.
As well as raising money for the Rainbow Fund, which make grants to LGBT/HIV organisations which deliver effective front line services to LGBT people in the city, the partnership will help raise awareness of scholarly issues related to LGBT history, artistic and performance practice, health and sociology.
The production will run in tandem with other LGBT events and exhibitions at Jubilee Library and other city centre exhibition spaces, culminating towards the end of February with the resurrection of the Iconic LGBT History Ball, bringing an end to LGBT History Month.
Opportunities for student engagement with the production and related initiatives are fundamental to the partnership which will be managed by the Brighton & Hove LGBT CSF. GScene Magazine will be offering opportunities for student journalists at the university to engage with the city’s diverse LGBT communities, with an open call to develop a student section in the magazine and cover city-wide news.
Current research projects including the annual Brighton & Hove LGBT CSF Trust and Confidence Survey will be developed with the help of academics, and the partnership will be seeking to develop a research project through which a researcher will examine the history and history-making associated with LGBT theatre and entertainment.
The Alternative Pantomime has been organised and developed in accordance with the terms and conditions of the University Theatre and Gallery, in recognition of the University’s Code of Conduct and Equality and Diversity protocols. Safeguarding policies will be developed and delivered by the Brighton & Hove LGBT CSF, enabling the university to be a recognised partner, which can be proud of hosting this iconic LGBT event.