“I first started coming to SORM (School of Rock & Media) around seven years ago. I was still at college and we had a small fledgling group. SORM is a rehearsal place for bands and singers. After we had been singing together for a while, I realised there was potential for something more. We talked about singing parts and a story started to come together. We were given the idea of playing good vs. evil and the performance focused on an LGBT love story. Eventually the idea got bigger and bigger and it turned into an entire show. It had gone from a handful of people on a stage to a West End show (at least in my head). We did our first interpretation of it three years later. We had done everything ourselves; the costumes, the stage and the whole story. It was a proud moment for all of us. It was the best night of my life.
A lot of the young people I worked with are from an LGBT background. Some of them have been through hard times, either not being accepted or still living in fear in some way. The other day one of the kids was talking about things getting really tough. Saying they couldn’t deal with it anymore. I told him that ‘You have to. Being a LGBT+ person is never going to be easy. You’re always going to have to fight. You’re going to have to be a warrior.’ And that’s why the work we’re doing with this group is so important; It gives them a voice.”
SORM (School of Rock and Media) uses music and multimedia as a tool to empower young people, building vital skills, heightening aspirations and tackling disengagement. With support from GiveBradford they developed a piece of theatre, which involved young people working in creative ways to address the needs and voices of the LGBT+ community.