An absurd one-woman show combining Commedia dell'Arte, storytelling and satire. It's 1601: an actress is accused of witchcraft because of her astonishing ability to mesmerise her audiences. As her trial unfolds, an entire nation turns against her, hypnotised by fear and propaganda. Sound familiar?
DON'T YOU DARE! draws parallels between the violently oppressive indoctrination of the Catholic Inquisition and the hate speech of contemporary politics, weaving a narrative across centuries of mass hypnosis and vicious attacks on the arts and freedom of expression. Propaganda has always been used – and continues to be used – to demonise the vulnerable. But don’t worry: there is hope…and laughter. Never underestimate the subversive power of laughter!
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Written & Performed by Chiara D'Anna
Directed by Baris Celiloglu
“An intuitive company whose physical work is superb.” – Time Out
“An innovative and refreshing use of theatre.” – The Public Reviews
“Chiara D’Anna stood out of the ensemble chameleon-like in her ability to transform herself into different characters without a ripple…exceptional” – Fringe Review
“Chiara D’Anna looks like she stepped out of a Fellini film: she’s just perfect…”- Front Row BBC Radio 4
Chiara D'Anna is an award-winning stage and film actress, best known for her lead role in the acclaimed The Duke of Burgundy (2014). As Artistic Director at Panta Rei Theatre she strives to create visceral, poetic and visionary performances: from stage productions to multimedia performances, from site-specific immersive work to Commedia dell'Arte shows. She performed at the Pleasance Theatre, Riverside Studios, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival, Spitalfields Festival, CrisisArt Festival (Italy), Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Teatro Stabile di Torino (National Theatre of Turin, Italy). As a leading practitioner on Commedia dell'Arte, lecturer and movement coach Chiara runs regular workshops and masterclasses, and has taught at some of the UK’s top educational institutions including: RADA, East15 Acting School, Rose Bruford College, Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Goldsmiths University, National Centre of Circus Arts, Laban Centre, Young Vic Theatre, Royal Holloway University and Central School of Ballet.
Baris Celiloglu is a graduate of the Central School of Speech and Drama. She started her directing and acting career in Istanbul in 1990. She performed in the acclaimed film productions Don’t Let Them Shoot the Kite by Tunc Basaran and Sommersault in a Coffin by Dervis Zaim. She came to London in 1997. Since then she has been directing and performing at The Gate Theatre, the Arcola Theatre, The Young Vic and the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. She has recently directed The Parade by Loula Anagnostaki, Two Lost in a Filthy Night by Plinio Marcos and Death and the Maiden by Ariel Dorfman staged in London at the Etcetera and Arcola Theatre and toured in Turkey. Baris Celiloglu has been recently awarded the ‘best actress’ award by a prominent awarding body in Turkey for her role Paulina in Death and the Maiden which she co-directed.