4 Stars

Thought-provoking physical theatre

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Six strangers, weighed down by individual darkness, come to a coastal land. Seemingly abandoned, 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.

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

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.

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Additional Support: The show explore themes of isolation. If you feel you need some extra support you can contact the the Samaritans 24-hours a day: Call 116 123 or visit www.samaritans.org

About the company

Rhiannon Faith Company have been nominated for four National Dance Awards; Best Independent Company 2021 & 2022, Best Digital Choreography (DROWNTOWN LOCKDOWN) in 2021 and Best Dance Film (DROWNTOWN live film) in 2022. In addition, Rhiannon Faith was nominated for an AWA Women In Dance Leadership Award 2022. RFC’s work DROWNTOWN is about broken towns and communities, and a brokenness within. The work tackles themes of loneliness, isolation and failed support systems, devised and performed by a cast of six intergenerational performers with personal experience of themes. Development included workshops with people in recovery from addictions, in partnership with Cascade Creative Recovery Cafe & Brighton Dome.

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

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