GenSex: the Gender and Sexuality Group present ‘Pornification’ / Project XXX – by Kim Wiltshire & Paul Hine

25th Apr 2012, 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Edge Hill University

GENSEX CAMPUS-BASED PRESENTATION: SEXUALITY AND YOUTH/COMMUNITY DRAMA.

‘Pornification’ / Project XXX – by Kim Wiltshire & Paul Hine

What if, when Romeo met Juliet, he was already hooked on internet porn? What if, inspired by the most famous porn star on the planet, the star-crossed teenage lovers from a small Northern town decided to film their first sexual experience? 

Kim and Paul are working together on a piece of multimedia theatre called ‘Pornification’, which has come out of the research and development phase of Project XXX. The project has been funded by Arts Council England and Lime Arts with support from Bolton Octagon Theatre, North West Playwrights and Cheshire East Council. The piece of theatre, which has been created through a series of drama/research workshops, offers insights into young people’s attitudes towards the accessibility of porn and locates the subject in contemporary society, exploring findings from the project’s four creative workshops run across the North West.

SPEAKER BIOGS
Dr Kim Wiltshire is a scriptwriter and fiction writer. After attending Mountview drama school, Kim worked in theatre for a few years before deciding to take her writing seriously, enrolling on the MA Creative Writing: Novel at MMU. Following that, she worked on her PhD at Lancaster University, exploring the representation of gender, especially masculinity, through both critical and creative work.

Her first short play, The Loser, was produced in 2009 by Scenepool at Camden People’s Theatre. Her first full-length play ‘Joy With Child’, for which she was mentored by Charlotte Keatley through North West Playwrights, was produced in Manchester in 2010 by Organised Chaos. She is currently working on her second full length play with North West Playwrights, ‘Manchester Calling’, as well as recently being awarded the Grants for the Arts ACE funding (supported by Bolton Octagon) to work on Pornification. Since 2003 she has been commissioned to write issue based plays and screenplays for young people through Lime Arts, Lets Go Global, Activ8 at Bolton Octagon and Burnley Youth Theatre. Her short fiction has appeared in Transmission Magazine, Commonword’s Migration Stories (part of the Moving Manchester project) and most recently her monologue ‘The Loser’ appeared in the online Good Ear Review.

Paul Hine is a  theatre maker and project manager whose past project partners include Cheshire East, Tameside and Manchester Borough Council’s, Lime Arts, Mid Pennine Arts, Bolton at Home, Arts Council of England and The Royal Exchange Theatre: Community Partnership Programme. Paul is also an experienced action researcher, with several published reports into the impact of theatre and film on ‘hard-to-reach’ communities to his name. Paul’s first and only art instead of community led play, ‘Just A Game’, was workshopped by Stefan Escreet at Theatre by the Lake and headlined at DYS-PLAY festival at Theatre Technis, Camden.

For further information please contact Mari Hughes-Edwards by email or telephone 01695584256