Smack That (a conversation)
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 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.
Choreographer/Director, Rhiannon Faith · Creative Producer, Maddy Morgan · Devised and Performed by Beverley: Rebekah Dunn, Valerie Ebuwa, Yukiko Masui, Maddy Morgan, Kim Quillen, Hollie Stevenson-Phipps and Casey Tohill · Made in collaboration with Safer Places · Design by Amelia Jane Hankin · Dramaturgy by Lou Cope · Lighting Design by Azusa Ono · Music Direction by Molly O’Brien · Video by Springhead Film Company · Photography by Foteini Christofilopoulou.
Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse. Supported by DanceEast with additional support from Arts Council England, Essex County Council, Rich Mix and artsdepot. Developed through the Open Lab at Barbican/Guildhall. With special thanks to Safer Places and our super generous Crowdfunder donors.
Throughout the development of the show the company has collaborated with Joanne Majauskis, Director of Practice and Development at Safer Places. Together Rhiannon Faith and Joanne have created a legacy package, which will allow venues to become part of the J9 initiative, becoming a safe place for victims of domestic abuse to seek help. The touring work invites all arts/dance/theatre venues to receive free training to become J9 contact centres for victims, creating a legacy of domestic abuse awareness and safe places for victims to seek help across the UK. Look out for the pink J9 heart.