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The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award 2017: ROLLER


Girl looking at water bottle and talking into microphone

Mars.tarrab have risked life and limb to bring you an energy-packed performance investigating female competition, ageing and power.

Join this irresistible duo in their makeshift arena. They’re getting their skates on in a bid to understand what roller derby can reveal about bodies, economics and belonging. Throwing off the terrible memories of school sports, they jostle with the status quo, creating their own alternative teams of diverse women to collaborate on this visual show.

Full contact, female-focused, self-organising and community run – roller derby is one of the fastest-growing sports in the world. Fascinated by its popularity, Rachel Mars and nat tarrab have gone in search of its essence to devise forceful theatre with a soft underbelly. Winners of this year’s award, their work is fuelled by curiosity, queerness, rigorous research and the smashing together of the gut-wrenching and the gleeful.

Tagged with: Theatre & dance

1 hour 10 mins/no interval

Age guidance 14+

29 Nov
BSL-interpreted performance

30 Nov
Relaxed performance
Audiences are welcome to move around and make noise during the show.  This performance contains some sound and lighting effects that may not be suitable for certain sensory sensitivities, please get in touch with us if you would like to discuss further before making a booking.  Contact the Theatre team – [email protected] or 020 7638 4141 extn 7434


Presented and co-produced by the Barbican


‘Mars.tarrab have the appealing combative chemistry of a double act … inspired‘
Exeunt Magazine
‘Rachel Mars' Our Carnal Hearts won a Total Theatre Award for Innovation, Experimentation & Playing with Form‘


Photo of Rachel Mars and nat tarrab from mars tarrab

Barbican Meets: Mars.tarrab

What is the next revolution? We catch up with The Oxford Samuel Beckett Theatre Trust Award winners, Mars.tarrab to talk feminism, revolution, power and roller derby ahead of their performance, ROLLER.

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