Award winning production company Lipsink and United Agents are delighted to announce that after two critically acclaimed, sell out runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Soho Theatre, Hear Me Raw will now take in twelve dates at London’s Arcola Theatre, from 12th to 24th February 2018. For tickets and more information, please visit: www.arcolatheatre.com
It brings up some 13 million hits on Instagram. It’s three times larger than the worldwide pharmaceutical industry. Its leaders are Gwyneth Paltrow, Deliciously Ella and Belle Gibson. #Wellness is the millennial religion. And when January comes round, it means you simply must cleanse, detox, sweat… do everything you can to become part of the movement. What happens though if wellness starts making us sick?
In an autobiographical story about #empowerment and crippling insecurity, #fitspiration and fragile bones, #superfoodsmoothies and so much debt, Daniella Isaacs peels back the Instagram filter to reveal the dirty truth behind clean living. Aged 24, Daniella joined the cult of contemporary wellness. She spiralised courgettes, saluted the sun, and came out top in spinning class. She even ghost-wrote for some of the world’s most well-known wellness brands. But it’s been two years since Daniella’s last period. Her bones are disintegrating, hairs are springing up in all the wrong places, and her anxiety is sky-rocketing. The doctors are saying her lifestyle is responsible. In a clean-living obsessed world, what does wellness even mean?
“I felt lost and overwhelmed, and with the help of social media, I found the wellness world, which offered easy answers. I followed endless recipes promising positivity, empowerment and insta-worthy abs. But clean living couldn’t cure my anxiety. If anything, it made it so much worse. From the front line of wellness, I can tell you that taut abs and glowy skin don’t bring you happiness and gluten-dairy-sugar-free bliss balls definitely don’t lead you down the path to enlightenment. I know I’m not alone in this wellness obsession, and I want this show to provide an antidote to the squeaky clean social media feeds which brush the complexities of human existence under yoga mats and crisp, white table cloths.”
Hear Me Raw is a darkly comic, genre-bending new play about restriction, control and too much turmeric. The show also sheds light on ‘Orthorexia nervosa’, an eating disorder characterised by an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. It is yet to be recognized by official medical bodies. It’s time to redefine what wellness really means.
Hear Me Raw is from LIPSINK, the company behind irreverent intermarriage comedy Mush and Me, the winner of the 2014 IdeasTap Underbelly Award & the Holden Street Adelaide Fringe Award.
LIPSINK is Rosy Banham and Daniella Isaacs’s creative partnership. www.lipsinktheatre.com
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Running Time: 60 minutes | Suitable for ages 12+