SLAP presents three days of distinctive performance and dance in an eclectic range of venues across York, including the Theatre Royal Studio. Events include a selection of artists creating fearless performance for and with older women with a public exhibition in the streets of York; a series of unique dance and theatre works at York Theatre Royal and York St John University; a performance on a public bench; and bold queer cabaret performances at The Crescent community venue.
SLAP co-founder and director Sophie Unwin says “The SLAP weekender is a performance event offering a daring and left-field alternative to the City of York’s current cultural offering, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to programme celebrated artists from across the country; most of whom have never performed here in York.”
SLAP started with the vision of bringing fascinating performers from around the world to York, whilst creating a performance platform for the city’s own cohort of talented and idiosyncratic artists.
“The SLAP weekender is a performance event offering a daring and left-field alternative to the City of York’s current cultural offering, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to programme celebrated artists from across the country; most of whom have never performed here in York.”
After a series of successful pop up events in the city the SLAP weekender is the most ambitious and exciting project yet. This including working for the first time in partnership with York Theatre Royal programming work into the Studio and collaborating with Associate Producer John Tomlinson. The event has also enabled SLAP to work with York St John University both as a venue and sponsor for the programme of work offering their students an opportunity to see the very best of contemporary national performance work happening on their doorstep.
“This project will enable SLAP to further consolidate these partnerships and open up new collaborative possibilities with other venues and organisations across the City of York. We are delighted to be bringing work to the city, finding and building new audiences for unusual work and contributing to the developing cultural landscape of the City,” said Sophie.
SLAP at York Theatre Royal Studio
Third Angel presents 600 People, 21 Sep, 7.45pm Somewhere between stand-up comedy and an astrophysics lecture, 600 People is a simple show about huge ideas: the story of how a three-hour conversation with an astrophysicist changed the way Alex understands the way the Universe works. 600 People explores how we think about evolution and intelligence, belief and intervention, communication and space travel.
Pauline Mayers presents What If I Told You? 22 Sep, 5pm Carefully balancing dance and theatre, What If I Told You? immerses us in Pauline’s world. People have always made assumptions based on her gender, background and race and she’s defied these expectations at every turn. Now she invites us to reconsider the stories we tell about our own past and the history on which we build our futures.
ARC Stockton presents Learning How To Die, 23 Sep, 2pm Written and performed by Luca Rutherford. This is a show about death. It’s not a show about being sad. Or about grief. Or pity. This is a show about the actuality of dying and how an acceptance of mortality can drive a passion for life. The show asks what scares us about dying and how can we use that fear to drive our living actions. Can we stop being scared of talking about dying?
Massive Owl presents Castle Rock, 23 Sep, 6.30pm Castle Rock is a new story inspired by three of the voiceless characters in Stephen King’s novella The Body and its 1986 cult film adaptation Stand By Me. Expect distorted sound, movement and projection as Massive Owl contort the book’s character and twist the soundtrack into a reimagined story about loss and acceptance. (This performance contains loud noise and flashing imagery).
LISTINGS INFORMATION for SLAP at York Theatre Royal Studio 21 Sep, 7.45pm, 600 People 22 Sep, 5pm, What If I Told You? 23 Sep, 2pm, Learning How To Die 23 Sep, 6.30pm, Castle Rock
Any 1 show £12, Any 3 shows £30, Any 4 shows, £40 Box office01904 623568 and online yorktheatreroyal.co.uk
SLAP around the city
Old Wives’ Tales – GRACE, 21 Sep, 4.30-6.30pm GRACE will lead women who identify as being older through a process resulting in a piece which will address questions of power and visibility, with a focus on perceptions of gender and age. A two day workshop ends in a public performance in the city centre. Free.
DRYHUMP, 22 Sep, Crescent Community Venue, 7.30pm Live Art Bistro gyrates its way to York for one night only of dancing shamelessly and in irregular angles topped to the brim with queer performance, grimy games and gratuitous dry humping. £6
Non Existent Activity – Hamish McPherson with Paul Hughes, York St John University, 3-6pm Doors open every 30 minutes welcoming each person for an hour long stay, hovering between a hangout, a one-to-one performance, and the last place on earth. Nothing needs to happen but something certainly will. Free, booking essential.
Everything You Ever Wanted to Say But Didn’t Part 1 - Rhiannon Armstrong, York St John University, 3-6pm Ever had a moment in your life when you wanted to say something, but didn’t? The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies gathered from members of the public. You are invited to experience one of these testimonies in this short, intimate performance. Free, sign up on the day.
In The Shadow Of The Penis, Christopher Owen, York St John University, 4pm A live performance looking at the male relationship to the penis and the impact of this relationship on mental and the wider male experience. Using movement and voice to initiate candid and honest interactions between men, the work aims to depict male genitalia outside of power and humiliation narratives. Free, booking essential.BOOK TICKETS HERE