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Drowntown @ York Barbican

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Gritty dance theatre that casts a light on people suffering from social isolation, Drowntown holds up a mirror to community breakdown with tenderness and honesty. Six people, weighed down by individual darkness, come to a coastal land. There is no lifeguard. Yearning to make connections and to find strength, they search for guidance. The absence of support sends them into a spiral as they struggle with ideas of shame and hope, unravelling before our eyes. Highly physical, interspersed with autobiographical testimonials and text, this timely performance gives voice to the vulnerable and unheard. The devisors/performers are: Lewis Bramble, Cherie Coleman, Shelley Eva Haden, Thomas Heyes, Donald Hutera and Maddy Morgan. Choreographer Rhiannon Faith makes socially conscious work that raises awareness of hard-to-navigate issues and which lobbies for change. Engaging here with the symptoms and problems encountered by marginalised groups, she asks how we can champion authentic belonging for every person and save them from drowning. Faith presented the acclaimed Smack That (a conversation) at the Barbican in 2018.


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