”What is it to be human? To be loved and to love yourself and be free, whatever you are?”

– Christoffer Berdal, director, “Southern Bedfellows”

FOR THE TEACHER

“Southern Bedfellows” is a play by Riley McCarthy, produced in Copenhagen, Denmark, directed by Christoffer Berdal, being presented in English by HIT 26 May – 12 June 2021
(More info on the performances and to book tickets: )
https://www.houseofinternationaltheatre.dk/southern-bedfellows-2/

Preparing your students:

here are some suggestions for reading and discussion in plenum and/or in smaller groups.

These subjects and links are intended to stimulate reflection and discussion prior to seeing the play. The links can also be used to foster discussion as a follow-up in the classroom, after having seen the play “Southern Bedfellows”, potentially increasing understanding and fostering greater tolerance for our differences as human beings.

This is theatre’s greatest strength and we hope you and your students enjoy the play.

THEMES IN THE PLAY:

TEENAGER IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT:
1) On the importance of developing a strong identity during the teenage years.
Many psychologists have theories about this subject. One of the most famous, Erik Erikson, argues that if a teen does not establish what their personal beliefs and values are then they will have an identity crisis. Erikson believes identity development is a key process for teens and that a failure to establish identity leads to role confusion and a weak sense of self later in life. There are literally hundreds of articles online on this subject.

TEENAGER GENDER IDENTITY DEVELOPMENT:
non-binary, fluid, trans, etc.

1) On developing a strong identity as a nonbinary teenager.

Here is an article from Parents.com’s weekly ”Teen Talk” column.
https://www.parents.com/parenting/better-parenting/teenagers/teen-talk/im-a-teen-who-is-nonbinary-heres-what-i-wish-parents-would-know-about-gender/

2) Advice for teenagers who are worried about gender identity, from the NHS (National Health Service in the U.K.):
https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/trans-teenager/

3) Gender and sexual preference:
from an article in AlphaMom in their new advice column:

First, let’s be clear about two different concepts, here. Your gender refers to how you identify your own body/mind in terms of being male, female, agender (neither), or fluid (not adhering solely to one end of the spectrum or the other). This is not to be confused with your sexual preference, which may have nothing to do with gender at all, and refers to what you find attractive in a potential romantic partner. I know you asked about gender, but I’m mentioning sexual preference as well for two reasons: First, so that we can be absolutely clear that gender identification doesn’t necessarily relate to sexual preference (some people do find that confusing), and second, because—just as we’re seeing an increase in the number of teens claiming gender fluidity—we’re also seeing a lot more teens identifying themselves in broader terms than simply “heterosexual” or “homosexual.”

To read the entire article, click here:
https://alphamom.com/parenting/why-are-so-many-more-teens-gender-fluid-now/

HOMOPHOBIA IN SOUTHERN U.S.A.
1) A Data Portrait of LGBT People in the Midwest, Mountain and Southern States.

This is an interactive website from UCLA (University of California, Los Angeles) that allows you to explore homophobia in these areas of the United States today and in the past. There are many states today that still don’t have laws against sexualorientation discrimination.
Explore the website here:
https://williamsinstitute.law.ucla.edu/lgbtdivide/#/cover

GENDER-NEUTRAL PROUNOUNS:
Language makes a difference

1) On the use of pronouns (he/his or she/hers or they/theirs?

Here is a link to a bit of history concerning pronouns from the NRP (National Public Radio) in the U.S.A.:
https://www.npr.org/2019/08/06/744121321/even-a-grammar-geezer-like-me-canget-used-to-gender-neutral-pronouns?t=1619089099548

OR if you prefer to hear the article instead of reading it, click on the ”6 minute listen.”

2) On the importance of understanding and trying to use gender-neutral pronouns,
From Forbes Magazine in the U.S.A.:
https://www.forbes.com/sites/kimelsesser/2020/07/08/how-to-use-gender-neutral-language-and-why-its-important-to-try/

 

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This study material is intended to be used as a preparatory or discussion tool before and after performance, for students, study groups or other institutions watching the performances of  the play Southern Bedfellows premiering in Denmark on 26 June 2021.

Directed by Christoffer Berdal.
COPYWRIGHT @HIT House of International Theatre
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Health & Safety Covid-19
Performances will be held with the utmost concern for health and safety, following all current Danish state guidelines. The use of face masks by the audience is encouraged. Hand sanitisers will be provided. The audience is limited to the maximum capacity according to the health ministry’s recommendations. Our HIT COVID-19 unforeseen lockdown money back guarantee policy ensures ticket holders the freedom of using their ticket to a later show or a full refund.