Rhiannon Faith is delighted to announce her new project Smack That (a conversation) has just received funding from Arts Council England. The project is commissioned by Harlow Playhouse and Safer Places, the leading charity in Essex supporting victims of Domestic Abuse.
Smack That (a conversation) is about resilience and survival, where dancers and the women who attend Safer Places come together to unite, celebrate and tell their stories.
For the past few months Rhiannon Faith has run participatory workshops with women survivors through the support of the Safer Places team to create a show that changes the way we talk and think about domestic abuse. The show will be ready for an early sharing in the Spring and touring from Autumn 2017.
Additional support includes Richmix, Openlab at the Barbican, Dance East and Arts Depot.
For any further details about the project or if you want to support in any way please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Rhiannon Faith will be touring Scary Shit in 2017 to:
SALISBURY, OLDHAM, BIRMINGHAM, HARROGATE, YORK AND DONCASTER
The tour will kick off at our beloved RICHMIX on 28th Jan 2017 so London beauts get that date in your diaries. (tickets are available via above link)
(all other show dates will be announced when online tickets go on sale)
Check back in the New Year for updates.
So my husband Merlyn loves Marmite, I can’t stand it. Lots of people love our show Scary Shit, some can’t stand it. We never really anticipated how audiences reactions would be so contrasting until yesterday, we received a 5 ★★★★★ lush review followed by another reviewer (yet to publish) thinking the the show was terrible (whoops!). Within a day we had gone from a massive high to a massive, what the shit? We were told this would happen, but It’s bloody interesting all the same. Then when we were feeling a bit Meh(?) we were sent this by an audience member called William Foxton:
The Vagina Duologues
August 18, 2016
‘Little did I know when I stepped into the dingy bunker theatre at the Fringe Festival and saw two women dressed like extras in St Trinians that I was in for an hour of raw and outrageous comedy. Unlike other plays, scary shit has an immensely personal feel to it. Rhiannon Faith and Maddy Morgan introduced me to a new type of wacky comedy, designed specifically for the weird and wonderful. The show focused on two friends (Faith and Morgan) as they attend counselling to help overcome their respective fears. This play managed to shock, humour and make the audience think with its touching stories of sexual abuse and awkward interpretative dance. I even learned a few new phobias in the process.
It touched on several issues facing women today and managed to highlight the everyday sexism in our society without sounding condescending or making the audience feel like they were being lectured.
The physical theatre involved was bizarre yet powerful. One section featured Faith running into Morgan who was holding crash mats. I can only assume that this was meant to represent Faith tackling her fears head on, only to be repeatedly knocked down by life. I believe this particular theme truly spoke to the audience.
The friendship between Faith and Morgan was the bedrock of the play and showed me that anything can be overcome with the help from friends and that it is ok to ask for help when you need it.
So although this play was scary in some parts (in that I was worried for the actors mental health), it was certainly never shit.’
Edinburgh can be a wild mistress, but having audiences reach out to us, is pretty fucking cool and what it’s all about, right!? Nice one William, thanks so much.
Ps. I do like Twiglets (my husband doesn’t understand how, he say’s they are basically marmite) I disagree.
Rhi Rhi x
Scary Shit at The Pleasance Courtyard, Bunker Two, 1.45pm – Book tickets
So I am aware of the irony that I’m in a show called Scary Shit, then some Scary Shit actually happens…
My first ever run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and 4 shows down, I’m enjoying the show, me and partner in grime Maddy are feeling good, the show team at the pleasance are lush and my team are working their bums off to promote the show. We are running around the city doing interviews, meeting amazing artists and making new friends.
I now find myself in the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary waiting for results for a head scan. It turns out repeatedly running into a crashmat headfirst, even with a helmet on, can make your body, back, neck and head poorly. We have done the show lots of times without any incidents, and so are all really sad that this has happened. It is such a massive part of the show that represents trying to break down barriers to help a friend, but it seems quite insignificant, as I am sitting here hoping I haven’t hurt my little brain.
The results are good and it turns out I am a little concussed, but brain is fine. We are making some small changes to the show, and finding ways to take risks and invest without hurting ourselves, and will be performing tomorrow at The Pleasance at 1.45pm. We are really looking forward to getting back into the festival. I am sincerely sorry for anyone who was disappointed or inconvenienced when the show was cancelled, please do come back and see us.
Rhiannon Faith x
photography: Paolo Coruzzi at Donald Hutera’s Paradise On Earth
So happy to announce that we have received funding to begin research & development for our new show. We have been scheming away and planning a really exciting new project that we will be announcing very soon (show tease). It’s going to be massive.
We continue to tour Scary Shit and look forward to our summer festivals, and as an Edinburgh Fringe Festival virgin what better way to get popped than at The Pleasance Courtyard! We are there for the full month of August.
(check out all show dates below)
Our gorgeous Maddy Morgan completed her producer training with China Plate’s ‘Optimists’ course and is now taking the throne as company producer. If you need any info or want to get in touch you can contact her at email@example.com
Thanks for your continued support. You guys are the best. Come and see us soon.
Thanks to ACE and the venues that continue to support our ambitions.
Scary Shit Summer Tour Dates
A show about friendship, being a woman and asking for help.
Smashing the UK dance scene with quirky and outrageous dance theatre, Rhiannon Faith brings real-life experiences to the stage.
A courageous experiment, Scary Shit is a show where two young women attend therapy to learn about themselves, the world and imagine a future without fear.
‘Disarming honesty’ (TotalTheatre)
‘Delivered with wit and poignancy’ (Observer)
‘Bold, brave and moving’ (Evening Standard)
10th September 2pm
Bestival, Isle of Wight
Running Time – 60 minutes
Age Guidance – 16+ (strong language and adult themes)
Trailer – http://bit.ly/1FRvxp4
Supported by Arts Council England, Richmix, ArtsDepot,
The Garage, and developed through the Openlab scheme at The Barbican.
Holy Shit we are mega excited to announce that Scary Shit is doing the full run at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2016 with The Pleasance. We can’t bloody wait.
Tickets have gone on sale online so you can book using this LINK
We are also gonna be dry-humping throughout the summer as Scary Shit is hitting some wicked festivals.
Book Now. NOW. NOW.
We can’t wait to see you soon babes.
RHIANNON FAITH’S CHRISTMAS GREETINGS
WARNING – LONG AND THOROUGH
The 12 Months of Rhiannon Faith
On the first month, January
my producer sent to me:
A corrected budget for my GFTA Money
On the second month, February
my designer sent to me:
A pink helmet,
and a sign that said Scary Shit in Gold letters (cause we were making a new show called Scary Shit)
On the third month, March
my funding body sent to me
A rejection letter, that was a shit day, I cried, but then we reapplied and got the money so we were happy again and me and Maddy could start going to therapy for our new show Scary Shit.
On the fourth month, April
a venue sent to me:
a confirmation that we would be performing at CPT (Camden People’s Theatre)
Scary Shit outings had begun.
So had our therapy.
and the sovereign Scottee made me join the Fraff gang. I would do a few Fraffs over the year and get dry humped by several audience members which I felt ticked the right boxes for participation and engagement. (Maddy got well jel, as she was the original humper)
and we got archived in the British Library with our previous show The Date.
On the fifth month, May
my imagination and 15 years of training to be an artist sent to me our show
Scary Shit. That was handy.
and we got to go to The Barbican and work there and get free lunches.
and our friend Donald Hutera made us do some lunges and stuff in a garden that became Paradise, and the rain held off, which was handy because we were outside.
and we met Wendy Houstoun and made her watch our Scary Shit, and then she stole my wig off me, but it was ok because I had my pink fluffy helmet still.
and my dear friend Bryony Kimmings asked me lots of questions to make sure I wasn’t making a shit show, but a Scary Shit show.
and a Poem came out of me called ‘Holy Shit I Haven’t had a baby yet (a conversation’ and we showed to a lovely bunch at Back Door Banter in Romford, it went well so we kept it in the show Scary Shit.
On the sixth month, June
my panic of being ineffective sent to me:
a Digital Sales and Marketing Officer Roxanne Carney. She was lush and made the facebook and twitter stuff look easy (because it is really hard if you have slow finger responses) and she showed you the pics of us in our costumes looking scared for our show Scary Shit.
and we got lots of donations from our Kickstarter gang, and we made #ScaryShit badges and we got our designer Alice to make a family of cuddly brains. It was really hard to send them out into the big wide world, but I imagined as they were quite brainy they should all be ok.
and Joy Griffiths, our therapist, got famous by being on ITV This Morning with Phil and Holly, but she didn’t let it go to her head and was still our therapist which was good because we were tackling some really Scary Shit.
and we made our Scary Shit Promo video with our friend James which was fun and we felt really happy that we could show you what the show was going to look like.
and our therapy started to work and I was able to talk on the telephone to venues and programmers, so I did, and that was good.
and a festival in a Room at ArtsDepot booked us because they liked our show.
On the seventh month, July
my diary sent to me:
more humping at Fraff
a sharing of Scary Shit at Richmix
Meetings with new dance people
a holiday in Brittany, to nurse the concusion I get during the show when I run into Maddy with my helmet on.
3 new French words
2 ideas for how we could make Scary Shit make a difference.
and time to bond with my little sis and beg her to write me a schedule of all the shows I needed to see in Edinburgh the following month.
On the eighth month, August
my job sent to me:
and many hangovers from Edinburgh Shenanigans
On the ninth month, September
My true love sent to me:
8 Maids a Milking (their boobs)
7 Swans a Swimming (in the buff)
6 Geese a Laying (on each other, sexy geese)
5 Golden Rings (no one likes gold ring sting, acquired from a bad diet and too much whisky)
4 Calling Birds ( Oi! Birds!)
3 French Hens ( well now I’m fluent in French I could probably have a natter with a few hens)
2 Turtle Doves (Turtle head is when a poo is popping out of your bottom, FYI)
and a Partridge in a Pear Tree (self explanatory)
Oh and I met some Lovely artist/Dramaturgs at #Test1 run by South East Dance.
On the tenth month, October
my life sent to me:
a residency at The Garage in Norwich
GFTA funding for our Scary Shit tour (first time, as if!)
My first visit to Liverpool St Helens for Heart of Glass festival with Scottee
Saying fanny in front of the Mayor of St Helen’s
a follow up recounting of that experience ‘we were battered into comedy submission and for one member of the audience, literally dry-humped into taking notice, by Rhiannon Faith and her stories of romantic and reproductive woe. Feminism dressed pink fur fabric and space-age silver is not to be ignored.’by Joan Burnett
a sense of accomplishment
On the eleventh month, November
my summarising of the year came to me
We had lots of Scary Shit shows, we went back to the Art Church (Colchester Arts Centre) for our Essex family.
We realised we had made a good show.
and we felt proud
and thankful to everyone who had made that possible
and excited about the future of Scary Shit
and the future of the company
and we talked about ideas for our new show
and we think the show will be called SMACK THAT
On the twelfth month of 2015
my true love, goes to you lot
Thanks for sticking by us,
Thanks for helping us get better, be better.
Thanks for watching our shows
Thanks for pledging
Thanks for talking about us
Thanks for putting up with us on your news feeds
Thanks for sharing
Thanks for giving us something to make shows about
And please have a Fucking Cracking Christmas
…and a Partridge in a Pear Tree.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR
Rhiannon Faith is delighted to announce a successful Arts Council bid for future tour of Scary Shit 2016-2017. The grant was made possible due to the overwhelming support from their Kickstarter Backers and their ongoing relationships with supportive venues, The Garage, Richmix, Arts Depot, Openlab at the Barbican Colchester Arts Centre and Proteus Creation Space.
Rhiannon Faith and Maddy are super grateful and they can’t wait to take Scary Shit on the road. They will preview the work on 21st Nov at Arts Depot. Book now as spaces are limited. Keep looking out for future tour dates with guest speakers including (This Morning’s) Joy Griffiths, addressing CBT, Biomedical Sciences & Art and the importance of placing Well-being into the National Curriculum.
Special thanks go to their Kickstarter Angels: Daniel Collins, James Webber, Brenson Humphreys, Emily Andrews, Tony Burch, Gary Martin Rolinson, Giulia Buvoli, Hannah Summersfield, Tom Malone, Maureen Hankin, Ellie Wilcock, Rosie Franklin, Rosie Milsom, Jenny Langley-Hoole, Johnathan Wakeham, Kate Ulrick, Mark Robinson, Hannah Bruce, Toby Davies, Miriam Grant, David Orton, Max, Gudrun Vickery, Rachael Glynne, Rima Garsys, Katie Lau, Katie Harris, Anna Malone, Cleo, Sarah Holtam, Wendy Houstoun, Joy&Dave, Fran Symonds, Jodie Fink, Paul Burns, Paul Hankin, Erin Griffiths, Lucy Loveheart, Claire Summers, Ariadne, David O’Hara, David Andrew and Lisa Wright.
Many thanks to Joy Griffiths, Alice Barbero, Bryony Kimmings, Wendy Houstoun, Claire Soper, James Webber, Poppaea Bicknell, Roxanna Ross, Donald Hutera and Jih-Wen Yeh who have helped them get this far with a show they are really excited about. Onwards for #ScaryShit
Hi Gang, Rhiannon Faith here. In the run up to our final sharing of SCARY SHIT before we embark on a tour I just wanted to share a few bits and bobs with you.
There is lots going on. Me and Maddy are working well-ard. We were selected by Openlab (supported by the Barbican/Guildhall) to perform a 20 min mash-up of Scary Shit last weekend. It was at the end of a full week rehearsing and getting the show ready and was ace to test stuff out. We have been in the studio with the formidable Bryony Kimmings (Award Winning Artist) who tells me when I’m waffling to much or dry-humping too long. We also have the pleasure of working with Wendy Houstoun (Superstar) I literally nearly wet myself with excitement! Spoilt much!
photo by Paulo Coruzzi behance.net/paolocoruzzi.
The force that is Donald Hutera (Dance critic and performer, curator) invited us to Paradise On Earth: Give or Take an interactive performance full of encounters and exchange with a community of residents in a Sunken Garden. It was delightful. We handed out giant sized marshmallows and performed bits from the show (Crashmat) Lucky I had my helmet on as we were on a concrete pavement! There were so many lush artist’s there, we had a blast.
So we have a show this Saturday at Richmix 8pm. We have been ruthless and decisive to create a show that really looks at the issues we are trying to tackle. How do you ask for help? Me and Maddy had to learn how to do this to try and tackle our anxieties and fears. We realised it would be a lot easier if CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) Mindfulness and Well-Being was embedded within the primary curriculum. The science of the mind is surely as important as photosynthesis?We are on an adventure to see if we can help to make this happen with this show. We are at the beginning of this journey and are contacting charities, placing coping strategies within the work, and becoming a lot more confident when we talk about how important it is.
Obviously Joy Griffiths (ITV Therapist) has been instrumental in this. She makes everything so clear and relatable when talking about fears and feelings. Our 1:1 therapy sessions with Joy play a big part in the show.
Maddy’s therapy session with Joy Grifiths captured by James Webber and Poppaea Bicknell Webber.
So now we are really good at asking for help here goes… The show is pretty much made, now we want to tour it to reach new audiences. We have to raise money to make that happen, honestly even with ACE support you have to raise about 50% of the cost yourself. If you can please donate to our Kickstarter (6 days left) and become a patron of our art, we would be made up.
You help by coming to watch our show. So please book a ticket and we will see you this Saturday 8pm at Richmix, London. Book Ticket
Alice Barbero has made the most beautiful creations for our costumes. We are so excited for you to see them! See you on the other side!
Love and Anarchy