Tell Me Anything

Tue 16th May - Sat 20th May 2017

David’s 15.  He’s doing OK.  His girlfriend has an eating disorder but he’s doing OK.

Combining rich storytelling with physical theatre, Tell Me Anything is tender, raw, brutally honest boy-meets-girl story – about a boy who’s trying to be a man and a girl who doesn’t want to be rescued.

On The Run return to The Bike Shed, following UK and international tours of their sell out smash hit So It Goes.

‘An emotionally complicated piece of theatre that successfully, even rivetingly, tries to come to grips with the toll taken on a self-styled care-giver determined to save someone.’

‘The writing is crisp and fresh and the commitment total. This is candid work, showing scars in order to elicit emotion.’

Confessional Writing: a panel discussion

Thursday 18 May after Tell Me Anything (7.30pm)

Join us for a discussion of confessional writing, from Sylvia Plath to Chris Kraus via David Ralfe’s award-winning autobiographical show Tell Me Anything.

We’ll ask why confessional writing is often seen as a female genre and explore the fine line between honesty and narcissism.  We’ll explore how identity politics, in which the personal is political, changes the way we speak publically about our personal lives.  We’ll also ask how social media changes our perspective on public versus private.

Entry is free with a ticket to see Tell Me Anything.

The panel:

  • Professor Jo Gill, University of Exeter (Editor of Modern Confessional Writing, Routledge)
  • David Ralfe, writer and performer of Tell Me Anything
  • Katie Villa, Artistic Director of Theatre Rush, who make autobiographical work from a female perspective

Representing Girlhood: a panel discussion

Wednesday 17 May after Tell Me Anything (7.30pm)

From manic pixie dream girls to virgin suicides, we discuss the perils and pitfalls of representing girlhood on stage on screen.

David Ralfe will discuss Tell Me Anything, a male-authored show about a relationship David had as a teenage boy, with an anorexic girl. Dr Fiona Handyside will discuss the depiction of girls in cinema, including the films of Sofia Coppola.

The panel:

  • Dr Fiona Handyside, University of Exeter (author of Sofia Coppola: A Cinema of Girlhood & International Cinema and the Girl)
  • David Ralfe, writer and performer of Tell Me Anything
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