The Roaring Girls are getting beach body ready

Published: Monday 22nd May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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The fantastically controversial Roaring Girls are back with a brand new piece and it’s all about getting your body ready for summer.

The all-female theatre company will perform Get Beach Body Ready as part of Thursday’s First Time Out evening. This is where new and developing shows can get in front of an audience for the first time.

Running from Wednesday 24 until Saturday 27 May, Grow Festival is a culmination of Hull Truck Theatre’s constant striving to develop artists at any stage of their careers. This year’s event involves a whole host of workshops, discussions and debates, as well as previously unseen performances.

Get Beach Body Ready is just one of many scratch performances taking place over the four-day celebration.

“Our show is a response to adverts and magazines that we see everywhere at this time of year,” Co-Artistic Director, writer and actress Rachael Abbey tells us.

“They always seem to be encouraging their audiences to lose weight, tone up and tan in order to get ‘beach body ready’. For us, this is toxic advertising.”

The fun-loving actresses are no strangers to tackling current issues head on. Previous productions have included Broken Little Robots, which dealt with the topic of mental health. Meanwhile, Weathered Estates retold the story of four displaced women in search of safety after they flee their homes.

“This advertising encourages many men and women to believe that they don’t look good enough to be in swimwear on a beach. We think that’s crazy,” she explains.

The powerful show is heavily influenced by the individual women’s experiences with their own bodies. It also looks at their personal attempts at becoming slimmer and more toned, telling the story of how they learnt to love themselves again.

“We’re so excited to be part of this year’s Grow Festival. We’ve seen the event go from strength to strength and 2017 is sure to be a blast,” enthuses Rachael.

The girls are also keen to explore the rest of the festival, Rachael points out. This includes seeing Come To Where I’m From, the series of short plays commissioned by Paines Plough. Then there’s the exciting STUN showcase on Thursday.

“A few of us are also taking part in the 24-hour Plays. These are always exciting,” Rachael adds.

This workshop involves several groups of artists, directors and actors producing short plays from scratch in the space of 24 hours. This year’s theme relates to Hull UK City of Culture’s Roots and Routes season.

“We’ll be getting pulled out at random to work together. We then have to make a show and run with it. It’s knackering, but it’s so much fun.”

Get Beach Body Ready will be performed in the studio at Hull Truck from 7:45pm as part of the First Time Out section. Tickets for the performance are £5 and can be purchased from the Hull Truck website.

“If you love theatre, talking, new work, debating, young companies, learning, watching, laughing, listening, beaches and/or bodies, you’re going to love this,” Rachael smiles.

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Published: Monday 22nd May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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