2018 DON’T YOU DARE!

Voila’ Europe Festival, Cockpit Theatre – Nov 2018

A collaboration between Panta Rei Theatre, director Baris Celiloglu and the Cockpit Theatre with the support of the Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture & Design, London Metropolitan University.

On the occasion of the Voila’ Europe Theatre Festival (5-18 Nov 2018) we have teamed up with award-winning director Baris Celiloglu and photographer Cigdem Boru to re-work on our latest production Finding Home, bringing together an astonishing all-female team of international artists.

A theatrical tour-de-force, Don’t You Dare! is an outrageously funny & deeply moving one-woman show combining the irrepressible energy of Commedia dell’Arte with biting political satire.

It’s 1601: a famous actress accused of mesmerising her audiences, stands trial for witchcraft. As the trial unfolds, an entire nation turns against her hypnotised by fear and propaganda. In drawing parallels between the violently oppressive indoctrination of the Inquisition and the hate speech of contemporary politics, Don’t You Dare! invites us to reflect on the witch hunts of present times.

Focussing on the demonisation and repression of women, Don’t You Dare! weaves a narrative across centuries of vicious attacks on the arts and freedom of expression.

With gallows humour and Panta Rei Theatre’s unique mix of physical theatre, surreal comedy and storytelling, expect laughter, tears & unforgettable characters.

Directed by Baris Celiloglu

Written & Performed by Chiara D’Anna

Light Designer: Jelmer Tuinstra

Visual: Cigdem Boru

Sound: Ceren Ayse Özbudun

Stage Managers: Emma O’Hara & Valentine Hripko