Outside Edge bring Barefaced to Chelsea Theatre


Focusing on addiction, Outside Edge bring Barefaced to Chelsea Theatre

The piece will run at the London venue on 18 – 19 March 2022.


Presented by Outside Edge Theatre Company, the UK’s only theatre company and participatory arts charity with a focus on addiction, Barefaced is a collaborative piece about tall tales and the deceit that lives within our stories, especially in the world of addiction.

All the key creatives and performers in Barefaced have lived experience of substance misuse, addiction or mental ill health and their work with the production shows how creativity and performance has been a cornerstone in their recovery.

By being on stage they challenge mainstream narratives about people who have been affected by addiction, which is more important now than ever before with the most alcohol related deaths we have seen for 20 years.

When Frank dies a web of lies start to unravel. A group of mourners gather to mark the end of his life. But who really was Frank? And will anyone celebrate his life, or just claim back what was theirs?

Barefaced is directed by Hannah Hauer-King (The Funeral Director, Southwark Playhouse; Grotty, Breathe, Bunker Theatre) and written by Jane Bodie (Women’s Prize for Playwriting shortlist, Hampstead Theatre, Melbourne Theatre Company).

Hauer-King said: “Outside Edge is an organisation that is unique in its bringing together of aspiring performers and artists from the recovery community. I am thrilled to be working with

“The Company again in this co-created piece spearheaded by Jane Bodie, to explore the themes of lies and deceit and how they speak to issues surrounding addiction. Barefaced will be a show that has collaboration at its core, and promises to provide joy and humour, alongside more challenging subject matter. ”

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