This show is about you rating me based solely on my looks...
It is also about a recent worldwide trend of teenage girls posting videos on YouTube asking viewers to rate their looks. And what happened when I tried it myself.
In 2013, I lived online as three teenage alter-egos. Pretty Ugly follows my trail of research into how Generation YouTube uses the ever widening field of social networking to reach others. There is a live YouTube experiment, some Britney, a tender and inappropriate love story, and some of my childhood toys. It is about our obsessions, and pretensions, and teenage girls- but don't let that put you off. It is about you and me and the internet.
Pretty Ugly originally started life as a YouTube experiment, morphed into a video installation (shown at Bush Theatre, London and The Junction, Cambridge) , and developed into a full length performance at Camden People's Theatre on their prestigious Starting Block's scheme. It received its full London premiere at Camden People's Theatre headlining their very first Calm Down, Dear Festival of Feminism in October 2013.
The project has received international media attention- it has been featured in New York Magazine, Wired Magazine, The Independent, The Daily Mail, The Telegraph and on Woman's Hour in the UK. Internationally it has been featured in El Pais, New York Magazine, Suddeutschezeitung, and in online publications in France, Chile, Germany, Italy, Russia, Argentina and all over the US and UK. You can find links to press mentions here.
And if you still need convincing HERE are some lovely things people have said about the show.
The show is currently touring, and has previously been shown at Nottingham Playhouse, Camden People's Theatre, Buzzcut Festival, Southbank Centre, Forest Fringe Edinburgh, Marlborough Theatre Brighton, Tripspace London, Bush Theatre, Vogue Fabrics, Hatch Nottingham, Smashlab London.
To discuss touring, workshops and talks related to this show please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Generously supported by Camden People's Theatre, The Basement Brighton, and Arts Council England.
'Pretty Ugly feels genuinely urgent and deeply necessary. It demands, and deserves, to be seen.' ***** Exeunt
'A timely, powerful performance from Louise Orwin - very impressive stuff.' **** Everything Theatre
'Smartly constructed... slippery piece of entrapment.' Lyn Gardner, Guardian
Pretty ugly project
Pretty Ugly is also a research project and online campaign, which you can find out more about here.