As a cabaret within a play REaD features song, dance, cutting edge performance poetry alongside frank anecdotes and defiant battle cries. There’s a hilarious rollercoaster ride through Red history from pre-Raphaelite exotica to popular culture, seamlessly merged with a powerful and challenging story examining social exclusion and prejudice with a distinctly poetic voice.
No matter what you read into REaD there are multitudes of facets to the redhead: for scarlet, russet, auburn, ginger, strawberry blonde – read fiery, racy, voluptuous, pugnacious, rip-roaring girls and wondrous women.
A show that’s part catwalk, part political rally, part support group for underdogs everywhere, REaD is a celebration of individuality, resilience – and the sheer joy of having red hair.
Concept & direction - Allie Butler
Cast – Belle Jones, Sarah McCardie and Linda McLaughlin
Poetry and text – Kevin P. Gilday
Musical Direction – Sarah McCardie
Additional music – Pauline Morgan
Set and costume design - Alice Gooden
Image design - Mark Smith