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Open Lab Showcase


This empowering show explores female rage and what it means to be a survivor in a post #MeToo world. What happens when we take back our bodies, take up space and get angry?

Inspired by ‘final girl theory’ (the last remaining female in classic horror movies) and medical histories of institutionalised women, CRY CRY KILL KILL looks at how female bodies and suffering have been fetishized, pathologized and controlled. Performed by a diverse range of professional queer, trans and femme performers, alongside non-professionals, and in collaboration with a pro-wrestling consultant.

Louise Orwin is an award-winning writer and performance maker whose research-driven work often focuses on female identity.

The Open Lab Showcase presents work-in-progress performances by emerging and mid-career artists following a period of research and development at the Barbican as part of the Open Lab Programme.

1 hour, no interval
Age guidance 16+ (contains nudity, depictions of violence and sexual violence and horror including fake blood More Information)

Presented by the Barbican

Supported by the Romilly Walton Masters Award with additional support from the Noël Coward Foundation.

Barbican Open Lab supported by Arts Council England.

CRY CRY KILL KILL has been developed through the Barbican Open Lab programme and is supported by Arts Council England, Jerwood Arts, and Cambridge Junction

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