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Posted On: 15th Nov 2013

Act on Bullies Fix on ITV News

Fixers Dec (L) and Theo (R)
The group perform their play
Liam Hackett, Ditch the Label anti-bullying charity

A group of young people from Brighton, who have devised a play with an anti-bullying message, are hoping to take it on tour with the help of Fixers.  

 

Their story was shown on ITV News Meridian (E) 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 story, the play is screened to an audience of local decision-makers and professionals that work with young people across Brighton and Hove.

 

Some clips of the participants speaking about their own experiences of bullying are also shown.

 

‘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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