Dundonald Association of Music & Drama (DAMD) are staging their production of The Laramie Project on Thursday 31 March and Friday 1 April (8pm) in Brooklands Youth Centre, Dundonald.

This play examines the impact that a hate crime has on the community of Wyoming, America. Matthew Shepherd was a 22 year old student who was tied to a fence where two men severely assaulted him. He was beaten and left to die in the cold of the night. Almost 18 hours later, he was found by a bicyclist who initially mistook him for a scarecrow.

DAMD have chosen to perform this play as they believe it is a powerful examination of the impact of hate crimes on communities. Seen through the eyes of the community where the crime was committed, The Laramie Project offers an X-Ray of a community struggling with the impact of this murder, exploring the issues of prejudice and discrimination.

DAMD are inviting groups who they feel may have experienced hate crime whilst living in Northern Ireland. A post show discussion where people can speak of their experiences and share stories is planned for Friday 1st April 2011. Attendance at this event is encouraged as DAMD want to make it a true representation of the many cultures Northern Ireland contains. If interest is there, a discussion after the Thursday night performance will also be facilitated.

The performance is suitable for over 16s only. Whilst there are no violent scenes depicted, there are graphic accounts of the crime scene which may upset younger audience members. The Laramie Project is scripted solely from interviews the Tectonic Theatre Company conducted with the residents over a series of months after Matthew’s murder.

For more information about the event, or if you are interested in attending, please contact Kerrie at fat_maddie@hotmail.com . Could you confirm likely numbers and if you wish to participate in the post show discussion. This is a free event for the public. We look forward to seeing you there!

Yours sincerely

Kerrie Milford

One Comment

  • David Campton

    Only just discovered that this is on, and unfortunately I am out earlier in the evening… I hope to make it along with my elder son, but if not hope it goes well… If I do make it, I would be interested in staying for the discussion.

    Please put me on the mailing list for future events.

    David

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