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Mercury Theatre Online Emerging Artist – Rio Topley and Amy Stephenson-Yankuba, Fri 21 – Sun 23 Aug

Fri 14 Aug 2020

Nasty: Big girls being gross, mean and sexy.

Age guideline: 16+

Writers, director and performers:
Rio Topley is a current MA Theatre Practice student at the UoE. In 2018, Rio directed the Lakeside Theatre TAS Pantomime, ‘Journey to Oz’ with Georgie Kirk. In 2019, Rio performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with ‘millennials and other terrible things’ with their production of 10:31 MCR.

Amy Stephenson-Yankuba is a current MA Theatre Practice student at the UoE. Amy has previously participated in scratch nights at the Mercury Theatre, performing a piece of her own new-writing as well as that of others. Her most recent work includes doing a voiceover for a mental health webseries for children.

Together, Topley and Stephenson-Yankuba have created many pieces of theatre, including ‘The Sirens’ (in collaboration with Georgie Kirk), performed at the Lakeside Theatre in 2019.

‘Nasty: Big girls being gross, mean and sexy’ uncovers the inner worlds of two girls in their early twenties who battled with their body image, eating habits and their compulsive need for self-pleasure all the way through their teenage years. Sit tight and hold on to your nose as they take you on a wild ride, exposing what it really meant to be a big girl in a society that worshipped the thigh gap. Be prepared for shocking revelations which will challenge every notion of femininity you may have encountered, and some things that will make you question the humanity of the performers entirely. ‘Nasty’ is an explosion of honesty, bodily fluids and uncomfortable conversations that the big girls feel are long overdue.
Performers are Rio Topley and Amy Stephenson-Yankuba

Trigger warnings – Anorexia, Bulimia, mentions of self harm, scenes that some may find distressing, strong language.


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