SHAME in Dorset

Shame Chorus

In September 2016 we hosted the world premiere of Shame Chorus on the Isle of Portland as part of b-side festival 2016. 
We hosted two events: an outdoor performance on West Weares to launch the festival and a full length performance in St George's Church.

Shame Chorus, by Jordan McKenzie, is an uplifting music project about shame and sexuality sung by members of London Gay Men's Chorus and commissioned by the Freud Museum. To find out more click here

Shame in Dorset

Following on from hosting Shame Chorus we are now in the early stages of facilitating the creation of a short creative film about our local LGBT community by our local LGBT community. The short creative film will be toured to local schools and colleges in Weymouth and Portland with the aim to raise awareness of LGBT issues, tackle phobic behaviour and increase young people’s skills. 

Inspired by the impact of Shame Chorus as a music project, we will be working alongside Space Youth Project in Weymouth to firstly create a song and then produce a film to go alongside it. Space members will be working alongside two songwriters to write and compose the song (which will then go on to be recorded professionally). After this a filmographer (shortlisted and interviewed by the young people) will work with the group to create the professional film to go with the song. The song and the film will both stimulate a guided discussion to tackle stigma as well as raise awareness to phobic behaviour and the mental health issues that arise when individuals are socially isolated. 

To get involved / for more information email: molly@b-side.org.uk 

Funders: 

Awards for All Lottery Funding
Dorset County Council 
Poole Borough Council 

Support / Collaborators:

Bourne Free, Space Youth Project, Health Watch Dorset, LGB&T Dorset Equality Network, Dorset Mind (Mind Out), Intercom Trust & Weymouth Gay Group.