Rhiannon Faith

PRESENTS FOR 2017- 2019

SMACK THAT

(a conversation)

 

 

Rhiannon Faith presents Smack That (a conversation)

Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse.
Supported by Arts Council England, Essex County Council, DanceEast, Rich Mix, Arts Depot, and developed through the Open Lab at Barbican/Guildhall. With special thanks to Safer Places.

Beverly is having a party and you are one of her guests. Expect games, dancing, humour and a very raw and honest account of domestic abuse.  Each member of the all-female cast, a close-knit group of non-performers and dance artists, fearlessly takes
on the persona of Beverly to convey turbulent, real experiences. The unusual seting creates a safe space for them to reveal the challenges they have faced and celebrate their endurance with the audience.

Faith’s work with a support group at charity Safer Places underpins this show, which seeks to raise social consciousness around domestic abuse by supporting women to openly talk about it.

Smack That (a conversation) previews

at Cambridge Junction
Date:Tue 24 Oct Time:7.30pm
Book Here: http://bit.ly/2yoLmsB

and

at Gulbenkian
Date:Sun 12 Nov Time:7.30pm
Book Here: http://bit.ly/2xvQg9c

(limited seating so book early to avoid disappointment)
“A bold and brave performance … searingly honest and genuinely moving”
Evening Standard on Scary Shit

 
“Presented with wit and poignancy”
Observer on Scary Shit

 
Smack That (a conversation) has been nominated for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Award 2017.

 
#SmackThatAC

 

‘Rhiannon Faith is a silly, serious and brave contemporary female heroine. She will go far…’ (Total Theatre)

‘A brilliant choreographer, a madcap mind and a cheeky little minx’ (Bryony Kimmings)

photography by Foteini Christofilopoulou

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Rhiannon Faith

PRESENTS FOR 2017- 2019

SMACK THAT

(a conversation)

 

 

Rhiannon Faith presents Smack That (a conversation)

Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse.
Supported by Arts Council England, Essex County Council, DanceEast, Rich Mix, Arts Depot, and developed through the Open Lab at Barbican/Guildhall. With special thanks to Safer Places.

Beverly is having a party and you are one of her guests. Expect games, dancing, humour and a very raw and honest account of domestic abuse.  Each member of the all-female cast, a close-knit group of non-performers and dance artists, fearlessly takes
on the persona of Beverly to convey turbulent, real experiences. The unusual seting creates a safe space for them to reveal the challenges they have faced and celebrate their endurance with the audience.

Faith’s work with a support group at charity Safer Places underpins this show, which seeks to raise social consciousness around domestic abuse by supporting women to openly talk about it.

Smack That (a conversation) previews

at Cambridge Junction
Date:Tue 24 Oct Time:7.30pm
Book Here: http://bit.ly/2yoLmsB

and

at Gulbenkian
Date:Sun 12 Nov Time:7.30pm
Book Here: http://bit.ly/2xvQg9c

(limited seating so book early to avoid disappointment)
“A bold and brave performance … searingly honest and genuinely moving”
Evening Standard on Scary Shit

 
“Presented with wit and poignancy”
Observer on Scary Shit

 
Smack That (a conversation) has been nominated for the Kevin Spacey Foundation Artists of Choice Award 2017.

 
#SmackThatAC

 

‘Rhiannon Faith is a silly, serious and brave contemporary female heroine. She will go far…’ (Total Theatre)

‘A brilliant choreographer, a madcap mind and a cheeky little minx’ (Bryony Kimmings)

photography by Foteini Christofilopoulou

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About

Rhiannon Faith 

Rhiannon Faith make autobiographical shows exposing the sweet, fragile and devastating aspects of human relationships. Dance/theatre with a smutty mouth.

New show Scary Shit is supported by Arts Council England and has recently been selected for The Pleasance programme at Edinburgh Fringe 2016, Additional support includes Open Lab at the Barbican, The Garage, Arts Depot and Richmix.

Based in Essex, previous works include ‘The Date’ which had its London premier at BAC in 2015 and successfully toured through Arts Council funding plus support by BAC, University of Bedfordshire, Colchester Arts Centre, Pavilion Dance South West [PDSW]; and The Garage, Norwich, where the company have a current residency.

Rhiannon Faith is a Discovery Artist at PDSW and recently selected to attend TEST a CPD weekend for emerging choreographers hosted by PDSW and South East Dance.

 

The company offer extensive educational experiences please visit participation for further details.

 BACKGROUND and BIOGRAPHY 

 

Founded in 2009, Its previous work The Date – a playful and touching ‘reality dance show’ starring Maddy Morgan and Nathan Johnston – toured to Bedford and Colchester after premiering in March 2015 at BAC, London. Additionally the company curates a cross-art form event called Golden Bohemian, fostering collaborations between contemporary dance, live bands, actors and artists which take place in underground venues. Golden Bohemian was presented at Bargehouse, Southbank as a part of Zealous X.

 

Based in London and Essex, artistic director Rhiannon Faith holds an MA in contemporary dance-theatre practice, a PGCE and received the Smith-Artaud Award for excellence in dance and theatre. She is also a recipient of an Escalator East to Edinburgh Award, a Discovery Artists at Pavilion Dance South West in Bournemouth and residencies at The Garage in Norwich, Rich Mix in London and the University of Bedfordshire (where she is a visiting lecturer).  She has experience working on site-specific environments and immersive performance.  Her commissioned work includes Secret Cinema’s The Red ShoesGrease and Diva. She choreographed Tatler Summer Ball at Christie’s auction house for Immersive Cult and Springhead Film company’ (winner of ‘Coup de Coeur’ at Cannes Film Festival) new film Soror, directed by James Webber.  She’s also a regular performer at FRAFF run by Scottee at a variety of London venues.

Maddy Morgan was a hip-hop dancer who went on to study at Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Leeds, graduating in 2010 with first-class honours. Subsequent credits include Secret Cinema, Tempered Body Dance Theatre, Holly Blakey, Cathy Waller Company and Eddie Peake. She’s been working with Rhiannon Faith as a dancer, creative collaborator and rehearsal director since 2010.  In 2013 Maddy embarked in a MA in Cultural Policy and Management at City University, graduating in 2015 with a Distinction. In this time Maddy was mentored by Hannah Sharpe from Two’s Company Dance Management and has produced two successful GFTA projects for emerging choreographer Nathan Johnston. This year Maddy was selected for ‘Optimists 2016’, a theatre producers course run by China Plate Theatre and is currently working for Rhiannon Faith & Greenwich Dance as a part-time Project Coordinator

SMACK THAT (a conversation)

Rhiannon Faith, Smack That (a conversation), Production photos

Rhiannon Faith presents Smack That (a conversation)
Endlessly inventive choreographer Rhiannon Faith shines a light on the complex subject of domestic abuse in an empowering and participatory performance highlighting human resilience.

Beverly is having a party and you are one of her guests. There are games, drinks, shared conversation, energetic dance and heartbreaking moments as she bravely gives a raw and honest account of surviving an abusive relationship.

Each member of the all-female cast, a close-knit group of non-performers and dance artists, fearlessly takes on the persona of Beverly to convey turbulent, real experiences. The unusual setting creates a safe space for them to reveal the challenges they have faced and celebrate their endurance with the audience. Faith’s work with a support group at charity Safer Places underpins this show, which seeks to raise social consciousness around domestic abuse by supporting women to openly talk about it.
Touring the UK and part of the Barbican’s 2018 Season, The Art of Change, which explores how artists respond to, reflect and can potentially effect change in the social and political landscape. Find out more here.
Presented by the Barbican and developed through Barbican Guildhall Open Lab

Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse

Supported by Arts Council England, Essex County Council, DanceEast, Rich Mix and Arts Depot

This show discusses themes of an adult nature, sexual violence and domestic abuse.
1 hour 20 mins/no interval
Age guidance 16+

Rhiannon Faith, Smack That (a conversation), Production photos

‘‘Form-defying and experimental… A stunningly vivid and honest portrait of two women’s experiences with mental health.’’ Edfringe Review (Scary Shit)
“Rhiannon Faith and Maddy Morgan reveal every last emotional detail in their funny, foul-mouthed, inventive duet, Scary Shit” The Guardian (on Scary Shit)
“Presented with wit and poignancy.” The Observer (on Scary Shit)
“This is a bold and brave performance, and it grows into to something searingly honest and genuinely moving.’’ Evening Standard (on Scary Shit)
#SmackThat
please contact maddy@rhiannonfaith.com for an Information Pack

 

photography by Foteini Christofilopoulou

CONTACT

 

Please get in touch with the company for information about touring and programming, education packages or if you would like to support in any way.