Choreographer Rhiannon Faith’s hit Barbican show Smack That (a conversation) will be touring in 2019 with a season at London Ovalhouse from 27th February to 16th March.
Meet Beverly. You’re invited to her party. Like most parties there’ll be fun and games, drinks, shared conversations, popcorn and energetic dancing. But this party has a darker side and genuine heartbreaking moments as Beverly bravely gives a raw and honest account of surviving an abusive relationship.
Smack That (a conversation) shines a light on domestic abuse, a subject that one in four women experience in their lives. The show sold-out a week long run at The Barbican and a short UK tour.
The production features a female cast of seven who all play Beverly. They are a close-knit group made up of non-performers and experienced dance and theatre artists.
Each has their own personal experience of domestic abuse and they convey the turbulent, real life experiences of domestic abuse that Beverly, and they, have endured and survived. The party setting creates a safe space for them to reveal the challenges they have faced and to celebrate their resilience with the audience.
The dates and venues for Smack That (a conversation) are:
Friday 22 Feb and Saturday 23 Feb, 7.45pm
Harlow Playhouse, Playhouse Square, Harlow, Essex CM20 1LS
£5 01279 431945 www.harlowplayhouse.co.uk
27 February. 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16 March, all performances 7.30pm except 2 March (2.30pm)
London Ovalhouse, 52-54 Kennington Oval, London, SE11 5SW
£15, concessions £10, under 26 £9. 020 7582 7680 www.ovalhouse.com
Tuesday 9 April 7.30pm
Portsmouth, New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2DD
£Pay what you can 023 9264 9000 www.newtheatreroyal.com
Thursday 25 April 7.30pm
Oxford Playhouse, Oxford Playhouse 11 – 12 Beaumont Street, OX1 2LW
£10/£8 01865 305305 www.oxfordplayhouse.com
Saturday 11 May 8pm
Salford The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, M50 3AZ
£12 (£10 conc) 0843 208 6000 www.thelowry.com
Friday 24 May 8pm
Newcastle upon Tyne, Gosforth Civic Theatre, Regent Farm Road, Gosforth NE3 3HD
£15 0191 284 3700 www.gosforthcivictheatre.co.uk
Tuesday 4 June
Salisbury International Arts Festival
01722 320 333 www.wiltshirecreative.co.uk