New international performance collaboration Wet Paint brings its first production, Fall Prettier, to The Space later this month, promising a wacky, brutal and glitter-dusted take on appropriation of women’s narratives. Time to book your tickets!
The production, which takes the Medea myth as its starting point, runs at the venue on the Isle of Dogs from 25 to 30 June 2019.
It’s about Medea, the woman who killed her children. That says it all, doesn’t it? Perhaps not. Fall Prettier deconstructs and twists archetypal narratives about women, sexuality and race. Expect glitter, movement, catchy a cappella tunes, bouncing exercise balls, pregnant barbie dolls and ketchup. And, bubbling under the surface, the resilience and power of women in solidarity standing up against their prescribed story lines.
In Greek mythology, Medea is the daughter of King Aeëtes of Colchis and granddaughter of sun god, Helios, and is often depicted as a sorceress. In Euripides famous play, having been spurned by her husband, Jason, she murdered two of her children out of revenge.
Fall Prettier is the first collaboration between Afro-German performer and theatre maker Zandile Darko and Swedish Therese Ramstedt, who have come together to form the company Wet Paint. Early versions of the work were performed at Arcola Theatre as part of new writing showcase PEN and at the 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Peek into Fall Prettier rehearsals:
Wet Paint aims to make work which is approachable yet daring, tackling urgent yet hard-to-talk-about topics with humour, boldness and vividly poetic fusion of movement and song with new writing responding to ‘known’ stories.
Ramstedt (writer, co-director, composer, lyricist) and Darko (co-director, movement) also star in the production, alongside Laura Schuller, Helga Ragnars and Knut Olav Rygnestad.
As part of the run of Fall Prettier, Ramstedt and Darko are staging a free workshop on 22 June to explore movement and voice as an ensemble. No previous experience is needed for the event, which will use playful movement exercises to explore the possibilities of working in a group and moving as an ensemble.
Founded in 1996 in the former St Paul’s Church, The Space aims to increase access to the arts and provide support for new artists. Led by Adam Hemming, it welcomes outside companies, stages its own productions and offers workshops and performance opportunities to the local community.
During the summer of 2019, it host productions including immersive experience Lovers Anonymous, new musical Parenthood, and clowning festival, Send in the Clowns.
Fall Prettier runs at The Space, 269 Westferry Road, London E14 3RS from 25 to 30 June 2019, with performances Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm, matinees Saturday at 2.30pm, Sunday at 4.30pm. Tickets are priced £12.50. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!
About Wet Paint
Zandile Darko is a performer and theatre maker. She trained in physical theatre in the Lecoq tradition at the London International School of Performing Arts. Since 2010, she has been a performer with Hajusom, an award-winning transnational art project in Hamburg, becoming an Assistant Director in 2015. With Hajusom she has performed at Münchner Kammerspiele, Staatsschauspiel Dresden, Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin, amongst many other established venues. In 2010, she became part of Label Noir, an Afro-German performance collective of theatre and filmmakers in Berlin.
Therese Ramstedt is a performance maker, writer and arts producer working across a range of forms and expressions. In 2017, she wrote and performed one-woman play Mission Abort to critical acclaim at the Edinburgh Fringe, The Space Theatre and Vault Festivals. In 2013, her play Lager was a finalist in Sweden’s biggest script writing competition NY TEXT! and her subsequent production Sedan was a recipient of a culture grant from the City of Gothenburg. Alongside her own creative work, Ramstedt performs extensively as a singer. Current projects include working with Knut Olav Rygnestad on music set to poems by Swedish poet Karin Boye, and she is also part of ensemble London Contemporary Voices with whom she has worked with artists including Imogen Heap, Nitin Sawhney, Laura Mvula and Hannah Grace.