Autumn 2009

The Tom Easton Flavasum Trust

 
 

Autumn 2009

We've been very busy over the summer, so here are some events you might be interested in, and a brief update.

Boy X, a free public performance

8pm, Thursday 24 September, Jacksons Lane, 269a Archway Road, Highgate, London N6 5AA (Highgate tube)

This is Arc Theatre's third play in their anti-knife crime trilogy. “Stereo” was the first, followed by “To Die For”. “Boy X” will be touring schools from September and this is one of the few occasions you'll be able to see it.
The play, written for 12 to 16-year-olds, but just as important for parents to understand, powerfully explores the pressures and influences on young people to get involved. Whilst there may be no easy solutions for knife crime and gang violence, "Boy X" is a story of hope, personal responsibility, imagination and the power to change.
Flavasum is funding this performance with Haringey Council as part of London's “Peace Week”. Ring the Box Office at 020 8341 4421 for tickets.

Mental health and violent crime

Dolores was interviewed by Julian Hendy (Echo Films), a documentary filmmaker, who is making a film about the impact of murders on families by people with mental health problems. Julian's father was also stabbed to death by a schizophrenic. It will be a strong film because Julian has interviewed some of the families who have suffered awful tragedies around the country, and there have been a lot! It will be shown on BBC2 in November, so please look out for it. By then we hope that the independent research commissioned by NHS London into Tom's killing will be available.

The Flavasum Collection, a free showcase event

10-1pm (followed by buffet lunch), Friday 13 November, Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, More London, Southwark, SE1 2HZ (London Bridge tube)


Flavasum is supporting five London theatre companies that tackle knife, gun and gang crime in their productions, taking them into schools and local communities – Arc Theatre, The Comedy School, Chickenshed, Little Fish Theatre and Immediate Theatre. Because we believe this is a highly effective way to reach and engage disaffected young people, we're showcasing their work for everyone funding projects or working with young people.
Unicorn has donated its theatre space and Clifford Oliver, playwright, will facilitate the debate. We'll be joined by actress Brooke Kinsella (whose brother Ben was stabbed to death in Islington in 2008) and Tom's friend, the poet and singer Stallion Solo. To reserve a place, please email peter@theflavasumtrust.org.

Recent activity

British 10K London Run
Two of our friends ran in this marathon, along with 27,000 others, but also in the St Albans Half Marathon. Their extra energy raised £654.91, and there could still be more to come. It's a great way to raise funds because we don't have to run ourselves!
Voodoo
We've produced a limited vinyl edition of Tom's “Voodoo” track for DJs to promote Flavasum's anti-knife message in dance clubs. It's available from Uptown Soho, Juno, Hard to Find Records, or direct from Flavasum.

Future projects

These are a few of the other projects we're working on:
A week of anti-knife crime theatre in Hackney schools jointly organised with the Robert Levy Foundation (Robert was stabbed to death in Hackney in 2006).
An evaluation of the impact of anti-knife crime theatre on disaffected young people (with Thames Valley Police).
The installation of public art near where Tom was murdered (with Islington Council and a well-known street artist)

And lastly, we'd like to record our thanks to the Letchworth Garden City Eagles. They donated £1000 from a celebrity football match with Arsenal that was held after the murder of Antonio Samuels, one of their players. Tony had moved to Letchworth because he wanted to get away from the violence he saw around him in London...