Following a sell-out run of Beach Body Ready last year, The Roaring Girls are set to return to Hull Truck Theatre with their raucous show that challenges the conception of female body image. Prior to this, the theatre company is planning to speak to as many women as possible to explore their relationships with their bodies.
Part rant, part confession, with a beach trip on film accompanied by a banging soundtrack, Beach Body Ready is an autobiographical story of how three women have come to terms with living in unconventional bodies. To fully open up the conversation to the public, The Roaring Girls will be taking up residency in four cities over the next three months through a range of events, workshops and discussions. The first is a plus-size clothes swap, which invites anyone who identifies as female or wears women’s clothing to exchange all styles of preloved items.
Cast member, Sarah Penney, says: “Women have been shamed and dehumanised for the way we look for too long and we’ve had enough. Beach Body Ready is a joyful, colourful explosion that seeks to stick two fingers up to everything the media says you should look like.”
Taking place on Sunday 14 April from 1pm till 4pm at Lydia’s on Newland Avenue, the plus-size clothes swap is the perfect opportunity to reinvigorate your wardrobe. Simply pay £5 on the door and then exchange as many items of clothing as you wish. Meanwhile, Lydia’s will be serving their signature teas, coffees, homemade cakes and savoury treats to anyone who fancies making a day of it.
“We want to empower women to take their body to the beach this summer,” Sarah explains. “We hope that this will be the first step in giving voices to those currently underrepresented in society, which consistently overwhelms us with negative depictions of the female form.”
Responding to the difficulties faced by plus-size women when buying fashionable clothing for reasonable prices, the event offers a fun and accessible way for you to discover your new favourite look. All types of clothing that are a size 14+ can be brought down and any leftover items will be donated to charity.
“We’d love for you to join us at Lydia’s on Sunday to swap some clothes and have a chat over a biscuit and a brew,” adds Sarah. “Members of the cast will also be around to talk about the show and ways that you can get involved, including an upcoming zine that shares women’s stories.”
Beach Body Ready is funded by Arts Council England and Hull City Arts Unit. For more information about the show, which runs on Friday 31 May and Saturday 1 June, please visit the Hull Truck Theatre website or call the box office on 01482 323638. You can also catch it at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival throughout August.