This Is How Water Loves – performing at the Vault Festival

Photos by Alice Dryden

At the end of 2019, we had the privilege of being invited to join the team of Hysteria Stays (@hysteriastays) for their hydrofeminist  production, this is how water loves. This project has continued to grow and develop since it was first devised in 2018 as part of a Drama and Theatre Degree at Royal Holloway University, where Isabella studied and met some of the show’s creatives. It was then developed with 17 young company members at Chickenshed Theatre as part of their first ever Young Associates programme. An extract was performed in 2019 with a smaller cast at Pleasance’s Scratch, and then as it entered its second year of exploration, a larger cast was formed for performance at London’s Vault Festival in 2020. 

The show sits on the spectrum of theatre and performance, blurring the boundaries between task-based activities, dynamic choreography, delicate moments of humour and intimate sequences. The all-female ensemble clean, dry, drink and drown, further complicating the pre-existing narratives surrounding ecology and climate change. Water is a versatile device through the piece: spat, mopped and boiled during the course of the performance.

We rehearsed from January to March 2020, culminating in our performance on Saturday 14th March, in the Cavern space at Waterloo Vaults. The show was a huge success, received well by a large and enthusiastic audience, and we look forward to seeing where and how the production might evolve next…

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