Thu 23 Jul, 7.30pm, Fri 24 Jul, 3pm & 7.30pm, Sat 25 Jul, 3pm & 7.30pm
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre
Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival’s Miss Represented - an arts collective of vulnerable young women who are navigating difficult life situations and are considered at risk - returns to Brighton Dome Studio Theatre with an intriguing installation and live performance, exploring Home and all it may, or may not encompass.
Mixing political and social commentary with personal explorations, the piece investigates the challenges of being young and having to navigate through tricky systems of housing, social care and benefits - systems that can help but also hinder.
It asks questions such as what constitutes power and who should have it? Does everyone deserve a second chance? How do we manage our emotions and what does it take to reach from negative to positive thought and intention, especially when it feels like the world is judging?
This group of extraordinary young women have experienced a rollercoaster of life before reaching adulthood. Since coming together they have shared, listened and taken a collective journey to find immense courage, creating space for hope and new possibilities for the future. With wisdom and creative innovation, audiences are invited to see, hear and experience life through their eyes from a fresh and powerful new perspective.
'I feel that I have learned how to control some of my feelings and I believe that there is good in me.' Miss Represented participant
Miss Represented - established by Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival - takes an innovative and anarchic approach to making collaborative work. The project aims to inspire socially excluded young women and stimulate aspirations by facilitating a meaningful, reflective process in which young women can explore issues, feel empowered and have their voices heard. Using the arts as a vehicle for self expression and investigating relevant themes and topics, Miss Represented creates a safe environment to deliver tailor made projects resulting in exhibitions, events or performances of high artistic quality exploring.
‘Miss Represented seeks to shine a light on the children and young people whose humanity, intelligence and talents have been obscured by simplistic labels and a lack of opportunity to discover their potential. The scheme encourages young women to reclaim the tools of the media and the arts to tell their own stories and dismantle some of the myths and stereotypes surrounding young people.’Rebecca Fidler, Creative Learning Manager, Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival
'I felt anxious coming at first and was worried about who was coming and how they would treat me. But it gave me a massive confidence boost.' Miss Represented participant
Incorporating a multi-disciplinary arts approach - including photography, drama, dance, fashion and music - as a vehicle for exploration and expression across a series of workshops throughout the year, Miss Represented investigates issues around domestic abuse, sex and consent, media representations of women and female empowerment, relationships, pressures and power within our communities and identity.
Each series of workshops culminate in an exhibition, performance or event. This integral part of the project promotes the young people positively in their community, creating vital dialogue towards greater understanding and greater inclusivity and makes the young people visible in their community in a positive light.
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Notes To Editors:
• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival manages a year round programme of arts at Brighton Dome – a three space, Grade 1 listed building made up of the Concert Hall, Corn Exchange and Studio Theatre - and produces the annual Brighton Festival in May.
• It aims to champion the power of the arts, to enrich and change lives, and to inspire and enable artists to be their most creative.
• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival are a registered arts charity
• Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival are working with the Royal Pavilion & Museums on a joint masterplan to realize a future vision for the Royal Pavilion Estate. For updates and news please visit www.brightondome.org