Thu 2 Mar to Sat 11 Mar

Arthur Pita & Headspacedance

Stepmother / Stepfather

£18 (£12 concessions)

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★★★★ "A splendidly perverse double bill. All horribly entertaining. A very dark treat indeed." The Observer 

★★★★"A joyously twisted chamber of horrors… Pita and his excellent cast also find moments of tender insight, and it’s through this singular and surprising balance of tone that Pita has established himself as one of his generation’s leading storytellers."  The Guardian

★★★★"Gloriously twisted imagination,​" Evening Standard

★★★★ "unsettling and ingenious"The Stage     

★★★★ "a dark but thrilling double bill"Broadway World     

★★★★ "Those of a nervous disposition, look away now", Dance Tabs

★★★     "I felt refreshed at having watched an evening’s performance by truly committed and talented dancers. Right now The Place just cannot seem to help getting better and better." Express  

"a truly wickedly gruesome double bill of dark dance" Nick Kyprianou

Stepmother leads us into a menacing world where macabre folklore meets the terrifying grotesque. Fairy tales distort into nightmares as familiar characters from Snow White to Hansel and Gretel are pursued by a force of monstrous and abusive stepmothers.

Stepfather tells the grisly tale of a twisted family situation, inspired by the folk punk Country Death Song from cult American band Violent Femmes. Spiralling into a hellish world of incest and murder, the search for redemption is played out beyond the grave.

“Pita’s dance works have something of the surreal glamour, unsettling psychology and wired humour of a Lynch movie” The Guardian

Arthur Pita’s recent international sell-out success includes: The Metamorphosis at the Royal Opera House, Linbury Theatre which won the South Bank Award, National Dance Award and an Olivier Award nomination; Facada for Russian ballet stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev (London, New York, Moscow) and The Little Match Girl, which returns to Sadler’s Wells for its third year running. 

Suitable for ages 14+. Contains scenes of violence and some adult language


Fri 3 Mar Stepmother/ Stepfather Late
Stay after the show for a decadent after-party where nothing is quite as it seems. The most charming are wicked, the ugly are beautiful and anything is possible as you fall through the looking glass.

What to expect:

  • free drinks distributed to the lucky ones
  • speciality cocktails
  • artists from the Peckham String Quartet
  • performance-enhanced experience featuring: 
    • Jemima Brown (Oliver in Fagin's Twist) in Mirror-belle
    • Brima Fullah and Frankie Hickman in The Ugly Stepsistas
    • Bridget Lappin in Who’s Afraid of a Pussy Cat?

Tue 7 Mar 6.30pm - 7.45pm Enchanted Worlds Workshop

Once upon a pre-show, a party of grown-ups gathered at The Place. Fuelled by potions and creativity, they rediscovered their inner-child by twisting much loved stories on their heads. Led by the House of Illustration you are invited to grab a drink and make your own spellbinding fairy-tale diorama to take away.

£5 or free with a ticket for the show on the same night (booking essential)

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Commissioned by DanceEast in collaboration with HeadSpaceDance.

Times: 7.30 except 7 March (8pm)
Venue: at The Place

This event is part of Spring 2017