Louise is an award-winning PERFORMANCE artist, writer and performer.
Her work spans the live and the recorded with incarnations in performance, video and photography. She is preoccupied with liveness, awkwardness, femininity and masochism- but above all, she likes to have fun.
Louise won the Flying Solo Award in 2015, was named a British Council ‘Artist to Watch’ in 2017, was a finalist for the Oxford Samuel Beckett theatre trust Award in 2019. '
Louise is a London-based artist making work that is provocative and brash, intimate, awkward at times, and generally filled with a heady dose of pop culture. She makes work that gets under your skin, and will stay there days after you’ve left the theatre.
Louise has shown work internationally and all over the UK, in some of the most exciting and diverse venues and festivals. Her work always springs first from a place of vulnerability, honesty and risk, and second from the idea of a chance encounter with a stranger, which is what performance always begins with for her. She is preoccupied with liveness, failure, awkwardness and her own doomed sense of femininity, which she feels imposes cultural limitations on her self and her work. She enjoys playing with these perceived limitations, and stereotypical notions of the feminine in popular culture.
Her practice seeks to fuse the horrifyingly intimate with the excruciatingly public, often engaging its audiences in demanding, exciting and risk-taking positions: always asking not only what the audience may take from the performance, but what the performance may take from its audiences. Mixing the highly theatrical with the perfectly mundane, her work strives to challenge what we may conceive of as entertaining in a fast-moving, and media-saturated world.
Her work has received global critical acclaim. Pretty Ugly, which delved into how teenage girls interact with the internet today, caused a bit of a media stir in 2014 and was featured widely in national and international press, on the radio (Woman’s Hour, BBCR4), TV (Fusion News, ABC, US), and broadsheet press (Daily Mail, The Telegraph, The Independent, New York Times). A Girl and A Gun, looks at women and violence on film, and has been featured in The Guardian, Vice Magazine, and on the BBC Radio. She is currently touring both shows throughout the UK and Europe. Her most recent show Oh Yes Oh No opened to 4 star reviews across the board in London, has been selected for the British Council Edinburgh Showcase and will tour through the UK in 2019/2020.
'If you want a night of theater that made you feel like you just got a blackjack to the back of the head, Louise Orwin’s one person show is it.' (webcowgirl)
Louise was also co-founder of Steakhouse Live, an artist-run organisation producing exciting performance festivals making space for exciting live art and performance in the UK; is also one half of the brains behind Lemonade and Laughing Gas; is a femme-wrestler extraordinaire for Femme Feral's THERESAMAYSMACKDOWN; and a long standing member of radical feminist tribute band Fux Bizz.
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