Young people on the Isle of Man were taught some important life lessons through the medium of song and dance last week.
London-based Redbridge Drama Centre travelled to the island to perform ‘Out of My Comfort Zone’, a highly-praised rock musical about self-identity, gender, love, stereotypes, cyber-bullying and friendship. Teens and parents from across the island came together to enjoy the show at King’s Court Theatre in King William’s College, which was on the island for one night only.
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company was pleased to support the production by assisting with the cost of return ferry travel for the cast and crew.
The anti-bullying, LGBTQ-themed musical production, which debuted in New York in 2015, aims to open up dialogues within families, provide a safe way for kids to talk to their parents about how they are treated at school and prevent youth suicide.
The London cast also presented a number of free workshops to young people during their visit to the island, dealing with the important topics touched upon in the show, as well as advice to any students interested in pursuing a career in the performing arts.
Owen Smith, Teacher at Redbridge Drama Centre, said: ‘Out of My Comfort Zone is the first musical of its kind and we were delighted to bring it to the Isle of Man. The nature of this production and the current concerns over bullying in schools all over the world has led to wide interest, so it is critical that we continue to spread our important message.
‘I’d like to say a huge thank you to the Isle of Man Steam Packet Company for its support of our trip, without its help our visit just wouldn’t have been possible.’
Isle of Man Steam Packet Company Chief Executive Mark Woodward said: ‘This anti-bullying production is enforcing an important message and having a positive impact on young people, so we were pleased to support its visit to the island. We wish it every success for the future.’
Photograph; Redbridge Drama Centre performing Out of My Comfort Zone at Kings Court Theatre in Castletown