BLACK ROSES: THE KILLING OF SOPHIE LANCASTER
19 September 12 - 29 September 12
Words by Sylvia Lancaster; Poetry by Simon Armitage
A MOVING RESPONSE TO THE DEATH OF YOUNG GAP-YEAR STUDENT SOPHIE LANCASTER
On 11 August 2007, Sophie Lancaster was beaten unconscious in Stubbeylee Park, Bacup and later died from her injuries in hospital. She was 20 years old, had just passed her A-Levels and was working out what to do with her life.
She was killed because she dressed differently. BLACK ROSES
is an elegy for Sophie in which she tells her own story through a series of poems by the award-winning poet Simon Armitage
, alongside the words of her mother, Sylvia Lancaster
, remembering her daughter’s shortened life.
The piece provoked an unprecedented response when it premiered on Radio Four last year, winning the BBC Audio and Music Best Speech Programme of the Year Award.
Now re-imagined for the theatre with Rachel Austin
and Julie Hesmondhalgh
(CORONATION STREET), BLACK ROSES
is co-directed by Royal Exchange Artistic Director Sarah Frankcom
and award-winning BBC Radio Drama Producer Susan Roberts
This production supports the ongoing work of the Sophie Lancaster Foundation, which promotes respect and understanding of subcultures in our communities. www.sophielancasterfoundation.com