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RESTING BITCH FACE

ANVIL PRODUCTIONS

TESTIMONIALS RESTING BITCH FACE - WORKS-PROGRESS-SHOWING Metanoia Theatre, NOV 6TH Resting Bitch Face is an empowering cross-generational work. It's genuine humor and pathos demand respect and reject judgment. I would love to see this show developed further as it contains important messages for us all about how we treat ourselves and others. Always entertaining, never didactic. Shane Grant - artistic director Metanoia Theatre Resting Bitch Face brilliantly used humour and poignancy in equal measure to question how we treat each other. I left the showing both delighted and outraged, questioning my own behaviour and that of those around me. I can’t wait to see what is next for this important project. Lara Thoms, - Artist Development Manager Metanoia Theatre, Artistic Associate Aphids, Co-director Field Theory Resting Bitch Face was a startling piece of writing and performance that, for me, brought into clear view the assumptions that we make about happiness and virtue and what that in turn says about us, the viewer. What is the expectation of some kind of joyous/peaceful/ benign inner world needing to be projected externally actually about? And why is this an expectation of women? I found the performances to be strong, hilarious and disquieting - like the whole concept of the work. I'd love to see where this could go with further development. I found so much about it arresting. The language, the form- in the round, in an intimate setting where we (audience) were so implicated in the work (because of course the concept of 'resting bitch face' is all about the viewer) was perfect for this showing and I'd be very interested to see how this developed, alongside the very deft, sometimes very theatrical performances. Hallie Shellam – actor, director and theatre maker. The Resting Bitch Face development showing was a refreshing take on external expectations that are placed on women. By focusing on the expression “Resting Bitch Face”, the condition of a woman's face seeming “bitchy” or “unapproachable”, “RBF” calls out the implication that women have a responsibility to serve their fellows by looking happy to see them presenting themselves as aesthetic fodder from their teeth to their toes which is as absurd as it is insulting. It was an exciting, unpredictable and slightly unnerving showing; I look forward to seeing further developments of the work in the future. Anna Kennedy – actor and theatre maker As a young woman and feminist I felt the work acknowledges something that is often trivialised and humoured but that can have daily implications. All women have been told to smile more and it’s easy to laugh it off but it's important to have work that says ‘no this is how I look and that's okay’. I

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