Slap and Tickle
For the past 40 years, Liz Aggiss has been re(de)fining her brand of performance; blurring the boundaries between high art and popular culture, and making thoughtful, funny, accessible work. From Wembley Arena to black box theatres, Aggiss has provoked and delighted audiences with her dark, ribald, disruptive, interdisciplinary, feminist productions. Challenging form and convention, and framed by extensive contextual research that investigates the personal and historical, her work has a distinctive Expressionist, British Music Hall and Punk aesthetic.
Slap and Tickle - a three-act solo performance - decodes mythologies, platitudes, refrains and old wives’ tales about women, girls and senior citizens; whilst unpicking the invidious nature of language perpetrated to limit female aspirations. Grounded in the social, cultural, historical and personal, Slap and Tickle is a multi-layered feminist soup, wrapped in raucous behaviour, audience wrangling and irreverent humour. Aggiss places herself centre-stage, revising attitudes and undoing expectations on mature female visibility and sexual taboos; whilst lurching relentlessly between spoken word, movement, radio nostalgia, cover versions, costume change and prop manipulation.
In the press
"Pointed and bawdily funny exploration of what it means to refuse to act your age” The Guardian
"Spectacularly devoid of ordinariness or political correctness" Theatre Bubble
Number of people on stage1
Number of people in touring company2
FreightNo freight necessary
Touring AvailabilityFrom 2018
Scale of venueSmall-scale (capacity up to 400)
Minimum performance space5m x 7m or 7m x 8m
Text-basedMedium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
Also contains:Strong Language
VenueZOO (The Aviary)
Production dates21-26 AUGUST
Contact for touring
Contact at showcase
Liz Aggiss is a highly experienced tutor, mentor and speaker. She is Professor Emeritus of Visual Performance at the University of Brighton and holds an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Gothenburg. She can offer Mistress Classes, a choice of practical workshops based around her research and devising methods, post show talks, seminars to accompany the performance, alongside artistic mentoring.
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