Smack That (a conversation)

Rhiannon Faith

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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.

Part of our 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.

This show discusses themes of an adult nature, sexual violence and domestic abuse.

1 hour 20 mins/no interval

Age guidance 16+


14 June 2018
BSL-interpreted performance

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 artsdepot

With the support of Safer Places

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‘An unexpected performance that is as likeable as it is important‘
‘A bold and brave performance … searingly honest and genuinely moving‘
‘Presented with wit and poignancy‘

Part of The Art of Change

Our 2018 season explores how the arts respond to, reflect and potentially effect change in the social and political landscape.


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Watch: interview with the cast of Smack That

During the research and development period, Rhiannon Faith interviewed the participants and dancers to find out about their experiences of the project.



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