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Posted On: 4th Nov 2013

Act on Bullies Story on ITV

Fixers Dec (L) and Theo (R) acting in the play
An audience discuss the Fixers' play
Liam Hackett, Ditch the Label anti-bullying charity

A team of young people from Brighton are working with Fixers to take their anti-bullying play on tour.

 

Their story was shown on ITV News Meridian (W) on Thursday 14th November.

 

The group, many of whom have been bullied themselves, have written a play called ‘Sunny Side Up’.

 

With Fixers, they are producing a trailer to send to schools to give them a taster of the piece and what it is about.

 

They then hope to perform their play in schools and colleges.

 

‘I’d be happy if we knew that just one person had been helped by our play. Knowing that we’d made one person’s life better would be a great feeling for all of us,’ says 17-year-old Fixer Theo Gregory.

 

In the broadcast film, the play is shown to an audience of local decision-makers and professionals that work with young people across Brighton and Hove, alongside clips of some of the participants speaking about their own experiences of bullying.

 

‘I actually thought at one point that I would rather be dead than be at school,’ says one of the young actresses.

 

‘It was horrible, probably the worst time of my life.’

 

Liam Hackett, Founder of the Ditch the Label anti-bullying charity, also appears in the piece, supporting the Fixers’ campaign.

 

‘We found that seven in ten young people experience bullying before the age of 18, which really does highlight the importance of speaking up about your experiences,’ explains Liam.

 

‘Peer-to-peer advocacy and this kind of performance is incredibly powerful because young people can relate to young people.’

 

The group, who have already performed their play at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, are keen for it to reach a wider audience.

 

Sixteen-year-old Fixer Dec Mason adds: ‘The message is not to be afraid to come forward if you’re having troubles. It’s so important, because if you don’t, and you keep it in, it can hold you back for the rest of your life.'

 

Watch the Fixers' trailer for 'Sunny Side Up' below.  

Author: Emily Tolloczko

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