• SLAP Weekender

Event Details

Thu 21 Sep - Sat 23 Sep

Venue: Various

SLAP Weekender

SLAP (Salacious. Live. Alternative. Performance.) was dreamt up, formed and spawned by a group of artists who wanted to bring exceptional performances to the city of York. SLAP generate opportunities for like minded artists who probe and produce raw grass-roots performance work.

SLAP are curating three days of performances and interventions at York Theatre Royal, York St John University, The Crescent community venue and at various York city centre locations. The work has been created by regional and nationally acclaimed artists and companies whose work is bold, touching, personal and political.

SLAP will feature one-to-one performances, dance, theatre, live art and cabaret.

Further details can be found at slapyork.co.uk/


Old Wives’ Tale
GRACE will lead ten women who (like us) identify as being older through a process resulting in a piece which will address question of power and visibility, with a focus on perceptions of gender and age.
As a collective of women who identify as older, and who perform ageing and feminism, it is important to GRACE to initiate wider networks throughout the country, to redefine social perceptions of being an older woman: experiencing our power and daring as amplified through collective exploits.
City Centre

FREE - Just turn up

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600 People 
Third Angel 
Somewhere between stand-up comedy and an astrophysics lecture, Third Angel brings you a simple show about huge ideas: the story of how a three-hour conversation with an astrophysicist changed the way Alex understands the way the Universe works.
600 People explores how we think about evolution and intelligence, belief and invention, communication and space travel. A show that explores the stories we tell in order to understand our place in the cosmos. A show that asks if there are extra terrestrials in our galaxy. A show that asks what it means to be human.
York Theatre Royal
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What If I Told You?  
Pauline Mayers
Throughout Pauline’s life, people have made assumptions about her based on her gender, background and race. She’s defied these expectations at every turn, tearing up the narrative that society tried to impose on her.
Now, Pauline is finally ready to tell the world her story.
Carefully balancing dance and theatre, What If I Told You? immerses us in Pauline’s world as she invites us to pause, breathe and reconsider the stories we tell about our past and the history on which we build our futures.
York Theatre Royal
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Live Art Bistro
Live Art Bistro gyrates its way to York for one night only of dancing shamelessly and in irregular angles topped to the brim with queer performance, grimy games and gratuitous dry humping.
Your bodies are welcome and your sprits will be wrangled sexily into the night.
We gonn slam, slap, pound and pump… Forget the heritage. This is YORK GODAMIT. 
Crescent Community Venue
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Non Existent Activity
Hamish MacPherson with Paul Hughes 
Doors open every 30 minutes welcoming each person for an hour long stay, hovering between a hangout, a one-to-one performance, and the last place on earth.
Guests becomes hosts, for guests who become hosts, in a three hour chain of holding and caring. Nothing needs to happen. But something certainly will.
The work involves lying (or sitting if this is not possible), stillness and touch. Participants will be encouraged to remain in control of their experience including levels of contact.
The venue is wheelchair accessible and there are accessible toilets on site.
Quad South Hall, York St John University
3:00pm - 6:00pm
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Everything You Ever Wanted to Say But Didn’t - Part 1

Rhiannon Armstrong
Ever had a moment in your life when you wanted to say something, but didn’t?
The International Archive of Things Left Unsaid is an evolving collection of anonymous testimonies gathered from members of the public.
You are invited to experience one of these testimonies in this short, intimate performance. 
Quad South Hall, York St John University
3:00pm - 6:00pm
More info here.


In The Shadow Of The Penis
Christopher Owen 
In The Shadown Of The Penis is a live performance looking at the male relationship to the penis and the impact of this relationship on mental and wider male experience.
Using movement and voice to intiate candid and honest interactions between men, the work aims to depict male genitalia outside of power and humiliation narratives.
Dance Studio, York St John University
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Castle Rock
Massive Owl 
As flashing neon lights descend upon the tracks, a boxing-gloved boy with a death wish comes head to head with a white suited locomotive and a deer in black patent stilettos.
Castle Rock is a new story inspired by three of the voiceless characters in Stephen King’s novella The Body and its 1986 cult film adaptation, Stand By Me.
Expect distorted sound, movement and projection as Massive Owl contort the book’s characters and twist the film’s soundtrack into a reimagined story about loss and acceptance.
Welcome to Castle Rock
York Theatre Royal
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SLAP are grateful for the support from the following organisations: