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. 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, 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 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
Pretty Ugly originally started life as a YouTube experiment, was premiered as a video installation at both The Bush, London and The Junction, Cambridge (see pictures), and developed into a live show at Camden People's Theatre on their Starting Block's scheme. It received its full London premiere at Camden People's Theatre headlining their new feminist festival 'Calm Down, Dear' in Oct/Nov 2013.
The project has received international media attention- it has been featured in 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.
PRETTY UGLY THE PROJECT
Pretty Ugly is more than a show though- it is also a campaign of awareness and an ongoing project with teenage girls that you can find out more about here on the Pretty Ugly blog .
The show and project are kindly supported by Camden People's Theatre, The Basement, and Arts Council England.