The Sophie Lancaster Foundation charity is holding a unique “listening event” in Parliament next week – airing the award-winning “Black Roses” radio play, followed by a discussion on hate crime. It will take place on Wednesday 26th March, 4.20-6.00pm, in Committee Room 9, House of Commons, taking place during the week of the play’s London debut at the South Bank.
The multi-award winning BBC Radio 4 play “Black Roses – the Killing of Sophie Lancaster” is an elegy to the young gap-year student who was murdered in Bacup, Lancashire, on August 24th 2007. The murder was a hate crime – Sophie was killed because she was a “Goth”. This drama documentary is the story of her life and death told by her mother Sylvia and a sequence of poignant poems for Sophie by poet Simon Armitage. It first aired on BBC Radio 4 in March 2011 and later transferred to the stage at The Royal Exchange in Manchester where it again won critical acclaim and further awards.
The discussion on hate crime – following the play – will be lead by John Robb and will include: Sylvia Lancaster, who is a member of the Independent Advisory Group on Hate Crime; Paul Gianasi UK ACPO lead on Hate Crime and Members of the Hate Crime Advisory Board; Julie Hesmondalgh (best known as Hayley Cropper in Coronation Street, who plays Sylvia); young police cadets and others.
“Incredibly powerful and achingly sad….it gripped me from the start and brought home the full tragedy of that senseless killing in a way that news or current affairs coverage could never approach…. Well done on an amazing piece of work”.
David Ross – Editor of BBC Radio 4 “Face The Facts.”
The Sophie Lancaster Foundation
Invite you to
“Black Roses – The Killing of Sophie Lancaster”
Listening Event followed by a discussion on hate crime and the charity’s work.
Committee Room 9
House of Commons
On Wednesday 26th March 2014. Please arrive at 4.20, the radio play will start promptly at 4.30pm.
The multi award winning radio drama written by Simon Armitage with Sylvia Lancaster.
Admittance is by RSVP only.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by 25th March
This event is sponsored by Kerry McCarthy MP