Grey Area is an interactive theatre workshop using professional actors and specialist facilitators to explore key issues around consent and sexual assault.
The safety and wellbeing of the participants of this workshop has been considered to a high degree. There are many trigger warnings; we request a nearby space for people to take time out and speak to professionals if required about their own experiences; we provide all participants with support information and the theme of ‘consent’ is also a big element of how we deliver this hugely challenging issue with people. We will discuss participant safety with all partners before delivering the workshop.
This particular performance focuses on what exactly is meant by consent and sexual assault, and the impact on the victim. The workshop involves interactive debate and discussion exercises and engagement with the actors in performance in order to search for solutions.
There is a post-performance discussion to explore many of the wider and complex themes and so called ‘grey areas’ around consent, sexual assault and rape.
This programme of work was originally commissioned by Greater Manchester Police and the University of Manchester to be delivered to 2,000+ students in freshers week. A short film about the workshop can be found here: https://youtu.be/z0DCboK84g4
The workshop is 60 to 90 minutes long and can be repeated up to 5 times per day
This workshop is suitable for 6th form students upwards (including adults)
Partners will need to recruit the group
Safeguarding staff and support must be available for debriefs / follow up
Costs depend on:
Additional / specific requirements of partner
Evaluation depth / requirements
Number of preparatory meetings required
Requests for additional staff
Number of actors
Between £650 to £1,100 per half day and £880 and £1,600 per full day. All costs include lead facilitators, actors and evaluation.
“This kind of thing is really hard to talk about. You made it easier and now I feel more confident to speak up and step in.”
“I will think about other people’s consent more and my own ability to consen.t”
“The workshop and performance was brilliant. I will now go and speak about it with my daughter.”
“It’s made me more aware of what can happen and what it feels like. It made me feel more encouraged to stop something bad waiting to happen.”
“I feel more confident to step in and do something.”
“I would be a good friend, listen, be non-judgemental.”
Become A Participant
You can self-refer to some of our ongoing community projects and sessions.
We deliver FREE workshops at our base in Moss Side Powerhouse. We welcome and support young carers, and participants with additional needs.