Smile Club comes to Leeds Playhouse

This darkly comic one-woman show is set in a dystopian world where a government tries to tame unruly women.

Smile Club follows Lisa, a Smile Club attendee. She’s been through it all and she now knows – beyond a shadow of a doubt – that nobody likes a girl who makes a fuss; nobody likes a girl who can’t take a joke. She also knows that life is simpler when you let things go. Join Lisa as she presents the perks and rewards of being a Smile Club Member.

The show’s written and performed by Fidget Theatre’s Andrea Heaton, and also written by Adam Z. Robinson. It’s being produced by Red Ladder Theatre Company, whose Artistic Director Rod Dixon directs the one-woman show.

Smile Club is touring nationally to theatres and community venues in the next couple of months following its Leeds Playhouse premiere.

Writer and performer Andrea Heaton says: “Smile Club started as an idea from an anecdote from a friend about a man who wouldn’t allow a woman through the barrier of a train station until she’d given him a smile. It takes place in a dystopian near-future where women are routinely sent for smile treatment to correct their behaviour, wearing them down to the point of giving in and accepting the status quo. The play is inspired by movements such as MeToo and Everyday Sexism, as a way of voicing anger about the way women are treated, but it’s darkly funny and thrilling. We can’t wait for you to join the club.”

If you fancy seeing the show on 5th March, head to the Leeds Playhouse website. It doesn’t seem like it’ll be my cup of tea, but it might be yours.


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