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12 February–24 February 2018

LIPSINK in association with United Agents

Hear Me Raw

Written and performed by Daniella Isaacs

Directed by Rosy Banham

“Do you want all the answers to health, happiness and eternal bliss?”

Meet Green Girl. She’ll make you clean. She’ll eradicate dirty. She’ll force-feed you gluten-free, dairy-free, sugar-free brownies. She. Will. Make. You. WELL. Until she starts getting really, really sick.

Following two sold-out and critically-acclaimed runs at the Edinburgh Fringe and Soho Theatre, Hear Me Raw is back for two weeks only. It’s the new year. It’s time to get well. Daniella Isaacs peels back the Instagram filter to reveal the dirty truth behind clean living.

Hear Me Raw is an autobiographical account of one woman’s journey through the world of contemporary wellness. A blistering piece of theatre about restriction, control and too much turmeric.

From Lipsink and United Agents, supported by the Old Vic Lab.

Shortlisted for The Scotsman’s Mental Health Fringe Award

Post-show talks

14 February – Valentine’s Date Night (with the Wellness Rebels):
Hosted by BBC London’s Jo Good. An expert panel will be talking self-love and myth-busting around wellness, consisting of  Daniella Isaacs, Laura Thomas, Eve Simmons, Ursula Philpot, Plant Based Pixie, Sara Jackson and Kimberley Wilson.

15 February – Hear Me Write:
Hosted by National Youth Theatre Associate Director Anna Niland. A leading industry panel of playwrights and theatre-makers – consisting of Luke Barnes, Milly Thomas, Stella Merz, Lucy Kate Smith and Yolanda Mercy – will share their approaches to playwriting and advice for creating your own show.

More information about the panellists can be found in the Tickets/Times section.


★★★★ Perfectly controlled tone and execution… honest, insightful and uplifting.
—The Scotsman
★★★★ Hear Me Raw is as timely and necessary a corrective to the fad of clean eating as Anthony Warner’s The Angry Chef, perhaps even more important as it’s written by someone who understands all too well the damage such thinking can do.
—The Stage
★★★★★ Superbly written and fantastically acted.
—Three Weeks
★★★★★ Isaacs moves convincingly from portraying the perfect Instagram stars we are told to believe in, to the out of control and dark reality that lies behind the photos... Completely original and entirely brilliant.
—A Younger Theatre


Daniella Isaacs



Rosy Banham


LIPSINK in association with United Agents

Chris Withers

Lighting Design

Kieran Lucas

Sound Design

Maria Gurevich

Stage Manager

Stephanie Pennells

PR Manager
Standard £15
Concession £12

Standard tickets are £12 or less with Arcola Passport.

Monday - Saturday at 8pm

Pay What You Can Tuesdays – limited allocation of tickets available in person, each Tuesday from 6pm. More info »
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Post-show talks:

Valentine's Date Night is a free event taking place for audiences on 14 February.

Hosted by
Jo Good:
British radio presenter, television presenter and actress who currently presents the weekday afternoon show and the Saturday breakfast show on BBC London 94.9. Her Saturday co-presenter is Simon Lederman. Previously she was a presenter on BBC Southern Counties Radio in Brighton and occasionally did reports for television programme BBC South Today.
As an actress, she has acted on stage, screen and film. Jo has a history of anorexia and is passionate about raising awareness of disordered eating.

Laura Thomas
A Registered Nutritionist specialising in Intuitive Eating, Health at Every Size, and non-diet nutrition. She hosts the podcast Don't Salt My Game, where she interviews game changers in health and nutrition. She was the nutritionist for the 2017 BBC1 documentary Mind Over Marathon. When she's not working 1-1 with clients in her private practice, she can be found calling out nutrition and diet culture BS on her social channels.

Eve Simmons:
Deputy Health Editor of The Mail on Sunday, writer and co editor of notplantbased - a Website designed to squash health myths, alleviate food anxieties and help people fall in love with food again. She suffered from anorexia in 2014 and underwent a spell of inpatient treatment. Since coming out of treatment in 2015, Eve has endeavoured to write about her experience in order to raise awareness for eating disorders and improve mental health services that are designed to treat them.

Kimberley Wilson:
A Chartered Psychologist and Governor of the Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust which specialises in Mental Health. She is the former lead therapist of the North London Eating Disorders Group. Let’s not forget she was a finalist on Great British Bake Off!

Plant Based Pixie:
Pixie is a nutritionist (ANutr), food blogger, and avid Instagrammer. She is the brains behind the Plantbased Pixie blog and social media accounts, and has been featured as a nutrition expert on BBC and Channel 5. Pixie was once a wellness blogger taken in by the 'clean eating' brigade, but luckily came to her senses, got a masters degree, and became a wellness rebel instead. Her first book, appropriately titled The Wellness Rebel, will be published April 2018.

Sara Jackson of SJ Health:
A registered Nutritional Therapist and Naturopath. Sara has her own private clinic SJ Health and specialises in Chronic fatigue, ME and fibromyalgia. She says: ‘My aim is simple - I want to help people feel their best. I work with a personalised functional medicine approach grounded in scientific evidence. I cut straight to the source of the problems, rather than treating symptoms in isolation. We’re all completely different so it makes sense that we all need to find a way of eating, living and feeling that is just right for us, which is what I help my clients discover.’ Having experienced and survived cervical cancer, she offers both the knowledge from her years of study and her clinical work, plus the understanding gained from her own personal experience with a serious illness.

Usula Philpot:
Ursula is a dietician with a specialist interest in nutrition, disordered eating, family health, mental health and all types of weight management. Ursula is also the on-screen Dietitian for Channel 4 television’s Supersize vs Superskinny and My Big Fat Diet Show, and has also co-presented Supersize vs Superskinny kids. Ursula is a qualified teacher for higher education, and holds the post of senior lecturer at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is also the Education Officer for British Dietetic Association’s Mental Health Group.

Hear Me Write is a free event taking place for audiences on 15 February.

It will be hosted by National Youth Theatre Associate Director Anna Niland and feature the following playwrights and theatre-makers on an industry panel:

Luke Barnes:
Luke trained with the National Youth Theatre before studying acting at Oxford School of Drama. His acting credits include GAME OF THRONES and THE LAST HOURS OF LAURA K. His writing includes - Stage: All We Ever Wanted Was Everything (The Bush Theatre & Paines Plough Roundabout with Middle Child), No One Will Tell Me How To Start A Revolution (Hampstead Theatre), Bottleneck (Soho Theatre with HighTide), Chapel Street (The Bush Theatre & Edinburgh), Weekend Rockstars (Battersea Arts Centre & Hull Truck with Middle Child), Ten Storey Love Song (Hull Truck with Middle Child), The Saints (Nuffield Theatre, Southampton), The Class (The Unicorn with National Youth Theatre), Eistedfodd (HighTide), A Wondrous Place (Manchester Royal Exchange). Television Includes: Minted In Manchester (Channel 4)

Milly Thomas:
Milly began writing during her final year at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama where she trained as an actor. Her debut play A FIRST WORLD PROBLEM opened at Theatre503 in July 2014. She has since written for television on projects including CLIQUE and RIVERCITY. Her one woman show DUST enjoyed a sellout run at the Underbelly in Edinburgh and is transferring to Soho Theatre in February. Milly joined the young writers’ program at Soho Theatre and ‘Headstart’ – a writers' group assembled by Headlong Theatre Company in association with Blacklisted Films and was selected for the Channel 4 Writing Scheme 2016.

Stella Merz:
Stella works in development at independent drama TV company Lookout Point. As well as supporting the development of new projects and ideas, she is script editor on several of the company’s programmes in production. She is currently working on drama series with writers that include Mike Bartlett, Andrew Davies and Sally Wainwright. Before joining Lookout Point, Stella worked at United Agents.

Lucy Kate Smith:
Lucy is a graduate of King’s College London with a BA in English Language and Literature. Since working for Oberon Books as an editor she has published, amongst others, work by Daniella Isaacs, Milly Thomas, Yolanda Mercy, Frankie Meredith, Sh!t Theatre and Lucy J Skilbeck (Milk Presents), and the first ever collection of British East Asian dramatic writing in the UK. She is predominantly interested in new writing by up-and-coming artists that represent diversity, challenge the norm, and which tackle relevant themes within the current socio-political climate.

and Yolanda Mercy:
Yolanda is a London based Actor and Playwright who trained at the Brit School, Laban and Central School of Speech and Drama. She was named Artist to Watch 2017 by the British Council, Underbelly Untapped Award recipient 2017, invited into the BBC Writersroom and her writing has also been featured in Huffington Post. Her solo show Quarter Life Crisis has enjoyed runs at Underbelly, Soho Theatre and Lagos Festival. Comedy, spoken word and audience participation are the key ingredients that make up her unforgettable shows.

Running time: 60 minutes approximately .

This production contains:
Strong language
Loud noises

Suitable for 12+

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