Gritty Dance-Theatre DROWNTOWN Arrives At Deda Derby

DROWNTOWN the Film by Rhiannon Faith Company production shoot at Harlow Playhouse. 20 May 2021. Picture shows: Finetta Oliver-Mikolajska, Shelley Eva Haden, Donald Hutera.Choreographer/Director Rhiannon Faith, Executive Director Maddy Morgan, Creative Producer Kerry Andrews, Associate Producer Olive Kane, Devised with and Performed by Dominic Coffey, Sam Ford, Shelley Eva Haden, Donald Hutera, Finetta Oliver-Mikolajska, Marla King, Design by Amelia Jane Hankin, Lighting Design by Zoe Spurr, Music Direction by Molly O’Brien, Music Composer John Victor, Sound Design Mark Webber, Costume Alice Barbero, Film Direction by Adam Sheldon & Big Egg Films, Voice Over Jodie Fink, Dramaturgy Lou Cope, Production Manager Kieran Enticknap, Photography by Foteini Christofilopoulou.

Double National Dance Awards nominated Rhiannon Faith Company’s new show holds a tender and honest mirror to society at the tipping point.

Enjoy a piece of gritty dance-theatre in Derby this month!

Although a live world premiere at London’s Barbican in June 2020 followed by a national tour was planned, DROWNTOWN finally hit the stage for the first time in late 2022. New dates have been added for May 2023, including one on Friday 5 May at deda, Derby.

Choreographer Rhiannon Faith’s show DROWNTOWN centres on six strangers, weighed down by individual darkness, who come to a deprived 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.

Rich, compelling, intriguing, and frequently beautiful ★★★★  The Reviews Hub

This gritty dance-theatre piece is a dark, uncompromising and moving, yet accessible, tender and physically stunning production to experience in Derby. DROWNTOWN continues the vein of gritty dance-theatre from this radical choreographer. The show uses autobiographical testimonials and text to give voice to the vulnerable and unheard in modern Britain’s areas of social deprivation. With tenderness and honesty, the show holds up a mirror to society at a tipping point.

You can watch the production at deda, Derby on Friday 5 May. Further information, including booking your tickets can be found here.

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