In 2015 the stage production #Haters was created through interviews and workshops with Hackney residents in response to a real incident: a social housing tenant from a housing estate in Hackney was stabbed in his shoulder and retreated into a newly opened bar in the area to run away from his assailants. After calling emergency services, the management tweeted a picture of the young man’s blood on the floor with the hashtag: #welcometohackney. The incident became case in point for the repercussions of regeneration in one of the poorest areas in the UK. Social media and tabloids fuelled the hate. #Haters was written to offer a fair representation of both side of the story, hoping to foster communication in this broken community.
#Haters enjoyed two successful UK tours in 2015 and 2017. In 2018/19 we are developing a programme to ensure more young people from deprived areas affected by regeneration have an opportunity to talk to newcomers about the problems afflicting their community.
In order to read the highest possible number of people at the cheapest cost, #Haters will be adapted for screen. The short will cost approximately £18,000 to make. We are looking for sponsors to support the production. To find out more talk to Emilia at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also contribute to the making of the film through our donation page.
June 2014. A stab, a tweet and a social-media storm rip the sultriness of the hottest summer on record since 1976.
Two young heroes worlds apart gravitate towards each other against the will of alluring internet chimeras. Two epic journeys set out in the storm of urban regeneration. Will their hands touch?
Inspired by real events #Haterstells about ‘hipsters’, ‘roadmen’ and social-media chimeras digging out the real people beyond the stereotypes. It’s about opportunities, fate and values told with a good dose of self-irony and with extreme compassion for the characters involved. It’s about the rising of violent crime, regeneration, “gentrification” and a world that changed suddenly right before your eyes and you could only witness.
Expect spoken words and live music, beats and outlandish sounds provoked by verbatim social-media text. Expect bitter-sweet humour, tenderness and compassion. Expect to change your mind.
What the audience said
Written and directed by Emilia Teglia Music composed and directed by Barbara Diana
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