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+
‘‘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)
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photography by Foteini Christofilopoulou