5 March 2020 - 5 April 2020
Smile Club will return in 2021!
In the meantime, thank you to our creative team for your incredible work – we’re proud of you. To our colleagues in the arts, our audiences, community hosts and neighbours, our friends – in these unprecedented times we stand with you and send love. Keep safe. See you again soon.
Written by Andrea Heaton & Adam Z. Robinson
Directed by Rod Dixon
Performed by Andrea Heaton
Come on love, cheer up, it might never happen.
Welcome to Smile Club. Life’s so much better when you smile. Everyone knows that. So go on – give us a smile.
Meet Lisa, a Smile Club attendee. Lisa’s been through it all and she now knows – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that nobody likes a girl who makes a fuss; nobody likes a girl who can’t take a joke. She knows too, that life is simpler when you let things go. And she certainly has. All of it.
Join Lisa as she presents the perks and rewards of being a Smile Club Member. Hear about her descent into dejection, rage, and bloody violence, before her remarkable transformation into the smiley, well-adjusted human you see before you today.
Set in a dystopian world in which a government drive exists to tame and prune unruly women deemed unable to fit into society, Smile Club is a darkly comic and searingly satirical new one woman show from writer/performer Andrea Heaton (Fidget Theatre) and writer Adam Z. Robinson (Shivers, The Book of Darkness and Light), directed by Red Ladder Theatre Company’s Rod Dixon (Mother Courage and Her Children, The Parting Glass).
Read the latest 4 star review in The Guardian here
and a 4 star review on The Reviews Hub here
‘A very clever fusion of satire and science fiction with the dark humour of Black Mirror and the dystopian horror of The Handmaid’s Tale.’ Audience Member on work-in-progress
‘Hugely relevant, accessible, exciting – hairs standing up on the back of my neck moments!’ Audience Member on work-in-progress
Recommended for ages 12+ (strong language, themes of violence, flickering lights and haze). Running time: 80 minutes (approx.; no interval). Some performances may include a post-show Q&A (question and answer) session with the cast and/or creative team.
Andrea Heaton (Performer)
Andrea Heaton & Adam Z. Robinson (Writers)
Rod Dixon (Director)
Ed Heaton (Sound Design)
Emma Williams (Set/Costume Design)
Adam Foley (Lighting/Video Design)
LazenbyBrown (Image Design)