Hannah Silva: Schlock!

Hannah Silva: Schlock!

Tue 27 October 2015

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Hannah’s ripped up Fifty Shades of Grey and now attempts to put the female body back together.

Join her for pleasure and pain, mothers and babies, domination and submission as we discover there are no safe words...

Produced by Penned in the Margins | As part of Phrased & Confused


Hannah Silva is a poet, playwright and performer known for her innovative explorations of form, voice and language in performance. Her work explores a wide range of subjects: from political rhetoric (Opposition) to paranormal science (Total Man), teenage sexual identity (Orchid) to long distance running (Marathon Tales). Her current performance, Schlock!, is a meditation on pain, the body and the self, consent, complicity and ownership, splicing the language of Fifty Shades of Grey with a novel by Kathy Acker. Schlock! premiered at the Aldeburgh Poetry Festival and is performed using British Sign Language, soundscapes and poetry.

Her debut poetry collection Forms of Protest (Penned in the Margins, 2013) has been widely praised and was Highly Commended in the Forward Prizes. She won the Tinniswood Award for Best Radio Drama Script with her verse play Marathon Tales (co-written with Colin Teevan for BBC Radio 3) and has been shortlisted for the Ted Hughes Award for New Work in Poetry for Total Man.

Silva’s texts and performances play on the borders of artforms, drawing on her background in music (Conservatoriam van Amsterdam), choreography (Dartington College of Arts) and theatre (MFA Exeter University). She has shown her work throughout the UK and internationally including at the Tokyo Design Centre, Krikri International Festival of Polyphony in Belgium, Latitude Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, Southbank Centre, Sage Gateshead, and the Lowry. She is currently Associate Lecturer in Poetry and Playwriting at Birkbeck, University of London, and Associate Artist of Penned in the Margins.


'Weird and unsettling … authentic and deeply considered.'
Exeunt Magazine

'Schlock! is a whip-smart but irresistibly seductive tour de force from the always astonishing Hannah Silva: a high-risk entanglement of limbs and lines, a restless toss-and-turn of tongue meeting text in the heat of strangeness and the dark heart of desire.'
Chris Goode

'A remarkable piece, richly suggestive, enveloping and sensual but also smart and edgy enough to leave the odd papercut!'
Maddy Costa

'An hour-long meditation on pain and its infliction, the experience of pain, the impossibility of communication, the body and the self, consent and complicity and ownership. Even with its overt experimentalism, the show really had reached the audience in a genuine and emotional way.'
Katy Evans-Bush

'Wonderful and easily the best, most thought-provoking event I saw at the festival.'
Michael Sims, The Poetry Society

'Schlock! was my top APF experience, because it rattled the walls of Snape Maltings a little bit, so thank you to ‪Naomi Jaffa and ‪Dean Parkin for giving us that option. It worked for me if I looked at it as a live collection: lots of pieces and poems looking at the same idea of female bodily indignity, some via sign language, some more musical than others, some through projections, some purely literary.'
Julia Bird, live literature producer

'Schlock! is a powerful show and, to me, experimental in several ways — from the point of view of theatre, mixed media (words movement and sign language) and philosophically (in terms of its existential questioning of woman as sex-object/ mere object and the agony of self. Hannah Silva clearly has an instinct for working at the boundaries of art forms.'
Simon Thirsk, Bloodaxe Books

show details

Dates: Tue 27 Oct
Times: 8pm
Running time: TBC
Prices: £10 | £8 conc | £6 under 23s
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage
Venue: Unity Theatre

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