FIT

Featuring the same characters as the movie FIT but with an almost entirely different script. The stage play follows the events unfolding on a school bus as the sixth form dance team travels to a competition in Newcastle. Things reach a head at a stop-off by the Angel of the North Statue.

Commissioned by Stonewall the Lesbian and Gay Charity in collaboration with The Drill Hall, the Contact Theatre and Queer Up North, FIT toured schools and theatres around the UK playing to 25,000 young people.

Every performance was followed by an hour-long workshop in which the audience could interview (and interrogate!) the characters in the play, before debating sexuality, bullying, friendship, family and social responsibilitIy

Isaac

You thought WE was GAY??

Loris

Well, I don’t know, do I?  Everything’s gay to you lot!  Course-work’s gay - bad air-conditioning’s gay - lumpy custard’s gay!

Isaac

That’s not ‘gay’ - that’s gay!

Loris

Well that explains everything.

Isaac

I think you’re taking it too literally, sir...

Ryan

When we say something’s gay we don’t mean it’s...

Isaac

...wearing tight jeans and buying a Chihuahua...

Ryan

...we mean, you know...

Loris

...you mean...?

Ryan

We mean something’s... crap.

Loris

Crap.

Ryan

Well not crap.  Just... lame.

Loris

Lame?  As in disabled?

Ryan

As in useless.  That’s all.

Loris

And that’s okay?

Ryan

It’s just a phrase.  Everyone says it.

Loris

Lee and Karmel never say it.

Isaac

They do.

Lee

(apologetically)...we do.

Karmel

...Just not in front of you.

Lee

We’re not talking about you, sir.

Karmel

We’re not talking about anybody.

Lee

We’re just talking.

Loris

Ryan... You’re of Irish descent.  How would you feel if I say something’s Irish when I mean something’s crap..?

Ryan

People say it all the time.

Loris

And that makes you feel..?

Ryan

...nowt.  They’re not talking about me.  It’s just a joke.

Loris

So when people make crap Irish jokes - when they say Micks are stupid, they’re not talking about you?

Ryan

Micks are stupid.

Loris

Micks are not stupid, Ryan -   Present company possibly excepted - and they are not micks.  And gay people are not crap.

Isaac

He’s not saying they are.

Loris

Yes he is.

Loris

Well, how am I supposed to know the difference?  All I’m hearing is ‘gay!’ ‘GayGayGayGay!'

fit portrait Stephen Stephen Hoo as Ryan Fit portrait Sasha Sasha Frost as Karmel fit portrait Jay Jay Brown as Isaac fit portrait Duncan Duncan MacInnes as Tegs fit portrait Lydia Lydia Toumazou as Lee fit portrait Ludvig Ludvig Bonin as Jordan fit portrait Rikki Rikki Beadle-Blair as Loris