Dates & time

8 - 26 November (Tue - Sat only)
7.30pm (60 mins)


Rosemary Branch Theatre
2 Shepperton Road
N1 3DT

Nearest stations: Haggerston, Essex Road (10 mins)


£12 (£10 concessions)

Hannah Silva’s powerful and subversive solo performance comes to London this Autumn.

In the grand tradition of literary terrorism, Hannah Silva rips up her copy of Fifty Shades of Grey.

Surrounded by the crumpled pages she attempts to put the female body back together, rewiring the defunct language of erotica to investigate the final years of Kathy Acker — ‘high priestess of punk’. A journey through texts and voices pregnant with pleasure and pain, mothers and babies, domination and submission. In a performance as strange as it is beautiful, we discover there are no safe words.


Post-show progamme

Thursday 10 November
Post-show debate: Can the British still make radical theatre?
with Amber Massie-Blomfield (Camden People’s Theatre)

Tuesday 15 – Thursday 17 November
Post-show performance: To Helen Back by Helen Seymour (CANCELLED)

Tuesday 22 November
Post-show debate: What’s the point of feminist art?
with Susannah Tresilian (theatre director and producer, Guardian Books podcast), Jude Kelly (director, Southbank Centre and founder, WOW Festival) & Maddy Costa (theatre and music writer)

Wednesday 23 November
Post-show debate: Would you ban, burn or re-write Fifty Shades of Grey
with Katy Evans-Bush (poet and critic; chair), Padraig Reidy (journalist, Little Atoms) & Caroline Bird (poet, playwright)

Friday 25 November
Post-show debate: Winner takes all: what has the mainstream ever done for poetry?
with Andrea Brady (poet and academic), Jack Underwood (poet and academic) & Tom Chivers (poet and publisher; chair)



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


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