Persephone production brings message of hope to LGBTQ+ youth

“I wanted to make something that was really empowering, and funny, so trans people like myself could see themselves in a show and laugh.”

After seeing a lack of plays for young people about the LGBTQ+ community, Saskatoon playwright S.E. Grummett revised Something in the Water, making it available to ages 10 and up.
“I really hope that it empowers queer, trans, gender diverse and questioning youth to feel like there are people out there like them, that feel like them, that they’re not alone,” Grummett said.

“I also hope it teaches parents and teachers and people in positions of leadership that those folks really matter … and how they can help and support the queer youth in their life.”

The North American premier of Grummett’s youth adaptation of Something in the Water will be presented by Persephone Theatre next week. The play won the Best Theatre Award at the 2021 Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Grummett, who uses they/them pronouns, based the play on their own experience coming out as trans in 2018.

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