Productions     Schlock!

A powerful and subversive new solo performance

In the grand tradition of literary terrorism, Hannah has ripped up her copy of Fifty Shades of Grey and now, surrounded by the crumpled pages and with the help of radical punk-pirate Kathy Acker, she attempts to put the female body back together. Join them on a journey through texts and voices pregnant with pain and pleasure, mothers and babies, domination and submission. In a performance as strange as it is beautiful, we discover there are no safe words.


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

Weird and unsettling … authentic and deeply considered.

Miriam Gillinson, Exeunt Magazine

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

Maddy Costa

Rendered through spoken word, vocal loops, articulation techniques, off-kilter screened subtitles, and sections performed entirely in British Sign Language, Schlock! is a captivating and disconcerting experience.

NARC. Magazine


Video trailer

Tour dates


8 - 26 NOV LONDON Rosemary Branch
8 MAR OXFORD Old Fire Station
4 MAR DERBY Theatre


10-11 NOV LONDON The Albany
29 OCT - 1 NOV INDIA Mumbai & Pune
27 OCT LIVERPOOL Unity Theatre
23 SEP NORWICH Arts Centre
4 JUL BRAZIL Paraty Festival
21 MAR NEWCASTLE Live Theatre


8 NOV ALDEBURGH Poetry Festival
14 OCT WARWICK Arts Centre (Excerpt)
8 OCT LONDON CPT (Excerpt)

Creative team

Writer/performer: Hannah Silva
Producer: Tom Chivers
Photography: Field & McGlynn
Rachel Mars: outside eye
Daryl Jackson: BSL translation


Commissioned by The Poetry Trust. Development supported by Birmingham Repertory Theatre Foundry and mac birmingham. Produced by Penned in the Margins.

Supported using public funding by Arts Council England.