Beverly is having a party and you are her guest.

Both performers and non-performers come together to tell their real stories of surviving an abusive relationship in a turbulent and empowering way.

Expect games, dancing, humour and a very raw and honest account of domestic abuse.

Smack That (a conversation) is set at a party and celebrates human resilience and survival. The show shines a light on the subject of domestic abuse and as such, discusses themes of an adult nature, sexual violence and domestic abuse.


During the show a break-out space will be available to audience members, providing a safe and calm environment for anyone affected by the subject matter. A qualified therapist will be on hand to provide short term support and re-direction to other services as required. This room is a short walk from the Theatre and is signposted, a DanceEast host can show you the way. You will be able to re-enter the performance whenever you’re ready.


J9 Initiative

To coincide with Smack That (a conversation), DanceEast is becoming a J9 venue. This national initiative aims to provide safe and secure opportunities for people to disclose domestic abuse and access a full support system. Staff at each J9 contact point are trained to signpost, advise and spot the signs of domestic abuse. Each venue has a safe place where people can access information and use a phone to call for further help. Look out for the pink J9 heart. There’s more information about J9 here. 


If you have any further queries please call our box office team on 01473 295230. 


Commissioned by Harlow Playhouse.

Supported by DanceEast, with additional support from Arts Council England, Essex County Council, Rich Mix
and artsdepot. Developed through the Open Lab at Barbican/Guildhall. With special thanks to Safer Places.

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