Don't You Dare!

Cass PhD student Chiara D'Anna presents one woman show at Cockpit Theatre.

Date: 08 November 2018

Cass PhD student Chiara D’Anna will be performing Don’t You Dare! , a one woman show she has written at the Cockpit Theatre on the 15th and 17th November.  The show, directed by Baris Celiliglu forms one of the research outputs of Chaira’s practice-led PhD on the legacy of Commedia dell'Arte in postdramatic theatre.

A theatrical tour-de-force, Don’t You Dare! is an outrageously funny & deeply moving show combining the irrepressible energy of Commedia dell'Arte with biting political satire. The University have supported the production with rehearsal spaces and Chiara has also involved tow third year students work as Stage Managers.  Another member of staff at London Met, Jelmer Tuinstra, is collaborating as Lighting Designer.

About Don’t You Dare!

It's 1601, and a famous actress accused of mesmerising her audiences, stands trial for witchcraft. As the trial unfolds, an entire nation turns against her hypnotised by fear and propaganda. In drawing parallels between the violence, oppression and indoctrination of the Inquisition, and the hate speech of contemporary politics, Don’t You Dare! invites us to reflect on the witch hunts of our present times. 

Focusing on the demonisation and repression of women, Don’t You Dare! weaves a narrative across centuries of attacks on women, the arts and freedom of expression.  With gallows humour and Panta Rei Theatre’s unique mix of physical theatre, surreal comedy and storytelling, expect laughter, tears & unforgettable characters.


“An intuitive company whose physical work is superb” – Time Out
“An innovative and refreshing use of theatre” – The Public Reviews
“Chiara D’Anna stood out of the ensemble chameleon - like in her ability to transform herself into different characters without a ripple…exceptional” – Fringe Review

Tickets for Don’t You Dare can be booked on the Voila Europe Festival website and you can see a trailer for the show on YouTube.



Written & Performed by Chiara D'Anna
Directed by Baris Celiliglu

Thu 15 November 7.15pm & Sat 17 November 7.00pm

The Cockpit Theatre

Tickets available on Voila Europe Festival.

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