By Lexi Clare, Lucy Park & Katie Paterson
Told through a series of games, songs, dance and spoken word, Game Face is a joyfully anarchic critique of oppressive beauty ideals and the effort it takes to keep resisting them.
Drawing on personal experiences of eating disorders, depression and feeling estranged from your body, Game Face mocks the absurdities of our beauty myths with wit, warmth, dancing and donuts.
Described by audiences as ‘the show about body image and insecurities we all wish we’d seen when we were 14’, Game Face is created and performed by a trio of international theatre-makers: Lucy Park (South Korea), Katie Paterson (UK) and Lexi Clare (New Zealand).
Content Note: Please note that this show explores themes of eating disorders, sexual assault and suicide. Balloons are used during the performance.
Run Time: 60 minutes
After sold-out London previews, Game Face debuted at Q Theatre as part of their Summer At Q season and Auckland Fringe 2020. Guest performer Amanda Grace Leo joined the cast for the New Zealand run of Game Face.
Game Face was scheduled to play at Camden People's Theatre in May 2020 as part of the Calm Down, Dear festival and as part of the Assembly programme for Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2020. Rescheduled dates TBC.
Reviews for GAME FACE
"For a show that delivers a lot of harsh truths, it's a lot of fun."
Ethan Sills, NZ Herald
"A funny and thorough look at the unrealistic expectations that plague us, driven by money-making companies and the male gaze."
Louise Penn, Loureviews
"Both fresh and relatable, it presents its audiences with important topics of discussion as well as the encouragement to carry on those conversations in ones wider circles."
Sarah Kidd, The 13th Floor
"The relatability of the piece is so powerful and so painful that it is almost too hard to stomach. And yet, Lexi Clare, Lucy Park and Katie Paterson, in their performances, create an atmosphere of understanding and comfort. This is not a show I would pass up on seeing a second, third or even fourth time."
Steph Hartland, Medium