Photos by Foteini Christofilopoulou
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.
Gritty dance theatre, with autobiographical testimonials and text, 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.
This performance contains strong language and scenes that some people may find upsetting. Suitable for 16+ years.
The film explores themes of isolation. If you feel you need some extra support you can contact the Samaritans 24-hours a day:
• call 116 123
• or visit www.samaritans.org
DROWNTOWN was rehearsed in isolation, following government Covid guidelines. The performance was filmed by BigEgg Films at Harlow Playhouse, Harlow, without an audience.
Co-produced by Harlow Playhouse
Commissioned by Cambridge Junction with commissioning support from DanceEast.
Supported by Brighton Dome & Festival Ltd,SouthEast Dance, and using public funding from Arts Council England.
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
Voice Over: Jodie Fink
Dramaturgy: Lou Cope
Production Manager: Kieran Enticknap
Design: Amelia Jane Hankin
Lighting Design: Zoe Spurr
Music Direction: Molly O’Brien
Music Composer: John Victor
Costume: Alice Barbero
Film Direction: Adam Sheldon & Big Egg Films
Photography: Foteini Christofilopoulou
With thanks to Harlow Playhouse production team and staff, Dancehub, Mark Webber Sound Technician, Bethany Gupwell LX programmer & Operator and our creative collaborators pre-covid Lewis Bramble, Cherie Coleman, Thomas Heyes and Maddy Morgan.