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Rhiannon Faith Company


Gritty dance theatre, with autobiographical testimonials and text giving voice to the vulnerable and unheard. With tenderness and honesty, DROWNTOWN holds up a mirror to a society at tipping point.

Six strangers, weighed down by individual darkness, come to a coastal land. Seemingly abandoned, there is no one to help but themselves. Stuck between the remains of a broken community and the vast bleakness of the sea, they struggle with isolation, shame and failed support systems.

Choreographer Rhiannon Faith makes socially conscious work that raises awareness and lobbies for change. She asks here how we can champion authentic belonging for every person and save them from drowning. Originally programmed to appear in our Pit Theatre in 2020, this filmed production was rehearsed in isolation and recorded at Harlow Playhouse in May 2021.

Tagged with: Cinema Theatre & dance

1 hour 30 mins
Age guidance 16+ (strong language and scenes that some people may find upsetting. More Information)

From the moment your purchase goes through, you’ll have 48 hours to start viewing and finish your film. This rental is only available in the UK.

Presented by the Barbican, supported by Wellcome. Co-produced by Harlow Playhouse. Commissioned by Cambridge Junction with commissioning support from DanceEast. Supported by Brighton Dome and Festival Ltd, South East Dance, Dancehub, and using public funding by Arts Council England.

With thanks to Harlow Playhouse production team and staff and our creative collaborators pre-covid Lewis Bramble, Cherie Coleman, Thomas Heyes and Maddy Morgan.

World Premiere Q&A


Following the premiere of DROWNTOWN on Tuesday 1 June at 7pm, join us here straight after the screening for a live Q&A at 8.45pm with Rhiannon Faith, psychotherapist Joy Griffiths and other creatives to celebrate the film release. 

‘Bold, inventive and discomfiting, this is a work of urgent importance‘
The Stage on Smack That (a conversation)
‘Treats its subject matter with huge sensitivity and honesty‘
DanceTabs on Smack That (a conversation)
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