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Preview: Two Man Show at Newcastle Northern Stage

After grappling with feminism and tackling porn, RashDash wrestle with masculinity

Two Man Show
Newcastle Northern Stage
Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th October 2016

“RashDash are the punk princesses of late night theatre” Guardian

Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen are women playing women playing men in a show about how patriarchy is bad for everyone, and how being a man can be a dangerous, difficult and confusing act

In their trademark raw and visceral performance style combining physical theatre and live music, Abbi and Helen asks what it is to be a man in a feminist future, how language is geared towards empowering men, and what men and women really understand about each other.

Photo: Richard Davenport
This October, RashDash are taking their smash hit Edinburgh production Two Man Show on tour coming to Northern Stage this October. A divisive and controversial new show exploring masculinity, the show won a prestigious Fringe First Award from the Scotsman, and was nominated for a Total Theatre Award, and won a Stage Award. Abbi and Helen tackle big issues in their shows, their last show took on the porn industry at the National Theatre and on tour in We Want You To Watch, and before that they explored how women are talked about in the media in The Ugly Sisters…
Performers Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen said, This is an exciting time to be a woman. This is the beginning of the end of patriarchy. Were alive and we want to be part of the change. This show is an invitation to men to be part of it too. If youre not already.  Its an invitation to create a new language that will allow us to think new thoughts. Its an invitation to create more space for the people we really are. The show is live music, movement and women playing men and its a mass of contradictions. Like the world. Expect to be moved and confused, provoked, tickled and alarmed.”
RashDash are theatre makers and performers Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen. They make theatre combining movement, music and text. Their work is a combination of radical feminist ideas explored through an articulate physical style in a form that they continue to reinvent. RashDash has won two Fringe First Awards (in 2010 and 2011), The Tods Murray Awards for Best Book and Innovation in Musical Theatre, and have received nominations for Total Theatre and Off West End Awards. Their shows include Snow White and Rose Red (Cambridge Junction), We Want You to Watch(National Theatre and national tour), Oh, I Cant Be Bothered (Finland, Soho Theatre and tour), and The Ugly Sisters (Edinburgh Fringe and national tour).
Becky Wilkie is a composer and musician and a regular collaborator with RashDash having worked on Another Someoneand The Frenzy. Becky has toured internationally with Fear of Menand Bright Light Bright Light and is a regular composer and performer on the Manchester music scene.
Northern Stage in Newcastle has a reputation for breathing new life into classic texts, curating ambitious and sometimes daring contemporary theatre and working with thousands of people every year in a strong participation programme. This is the fifth year that Northern Stage has hosted a programme at the Edinburgh Fringe, presenting some of the most interesting theatre from across the north of England and beyond.
On The Web:
@RashDashTheatre | #TwoManShow |
Running Time: 60 minutes | Suitable for ages 14+

Cast & creatives:
Devised and performed by Abbi Greenland and Helen Goalen   
Music by Becky Wilkie             
Designed by Oliver Townsend                                                    
Lighting Design by Katharine Williams   
Two Man Show comes to Newcastle Northern Stage on Thursday 6th – Saturday 8th October 2016 at 8pm. Tickets cost £15.50 (concs £13.50) and are available online at or from the box office on 0191 230 5151.

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