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.



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.


A dense, complex, intelligent hour. [Schlock!] celebrates the slipperiness of words, reinventing them so that none of them are safe.
★★★★ Lyn Gardner, The Guardian

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

Tour dates

8 - 26 November LONDON Rosemary Branch
8 March OXFORD Old Fire Station
4 March DERBY Theatre

10-11 November LONDON The Albany
29 October - 1 November INDIA Mumbai & Pune
27 October LIVERPOOL Unity Theatre
14 October PLYMOUTH The House
23 September NORWICH Arts Centre
4 July BRAZIL Paraty Festival
21 March NEWCASTLE Live Theatre

12 November BIRMINGHAM mac
8 November ALDEBURGH Poetry Festival
14 October WARWICK Arts Centre (Excerpt)
8 October LONDON CPT (Excerpt)

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