Can nurse Nigel take on the Winter Gauntlet? Will anyone ever get a pay raise? Lawless uses wrestling as a showstopping medium to explore the politics of what it’s like to be a ‘front line’ health care worker. Are we ‘soldiers’? Or ‘heroes’? Or even cannon fodder? Who lies behind the masks?
Created in collaboration with Sh!t Theatre (Drink Rum With Ex Pats, Dollywood) , produced by artist/wrestler Heather Bandenburg (I Need to Cher, Mummy Vs) and supported by Centre for Live Art Yorkshire. Fusing real stories from Lawless and other healthcare workers with political ‘battles’ and drawing on the rhetoric of a government that both champions and destroys its health service. NHSmackdown is a cathartic and honest exploration of the rageful and ridiculous moments in British healthcare, from the dramatic to the mundane.
Lawless (they/them) is an emerging artist who uses wrestling in cabaret and theatre stages to make satirical, political and queer performances. Whilst counterbalancing the intensity of their job with the silliness of their art, they carry that tension through to their process, juxtaposing potent messages with the ridiculous and camp. By framing wrestling in a Live Art context they politicise violence in a literal call to action whilst contradicting it with an irreverent tone. Expect to cheer, boo, and dive deep into social, cultural and political issues via pro wrestling – the ultimate form of queer theatre.
Press & Reviews
Reviews for work in progress:
'The concept of this show is fascinatingly unique.. a Pantomime-style fever dream' *** The Reviews Hub
Reviews of work by Lawless
‘FUCKING HILARIOUS AND BRILLIANT’ – LOUISE MOTHERSOLE, SH!T THEATRE
‘HANNAH’S WORK IS FUNNY, RESPONSIVE, AND ABOVE ALL, VITAL’ – RO HARDAKER
Cast & Creative Team Writer/ Lead performer LAWLESS
Directors SH!T THEATRE
Producer HEATHER BANDENBURG
Wrestling choreography RHIA OREILLY