A self-confessed talking-on-the-phone-phobic choreographer came up with her appropriately titled dance-theatre piece Scary S*** after a heart-to-heart with her friend Maddy Morgan.
Choreographer Rhiannon Faith said: “I suggested to my friend (and awesome dancer) Maddy that I needed therapy to cure my ‘talking on the telephone phobia’.
“Maddy thought she might need therapy to help tackle anxieties about her fertility.
“So we decided to attend six cognitive behavioural therapy sessions led by therapist Joy Griffiths.
“We filmed the sessions and used the footage as a way to start talking about our fears.
“What we found out about ourselves and each other ran far deeper than we had planned.”
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The show follows a real life transition from “scary s***”, to recovery and healing, in a language of dance, theatre, and comedy – using audio taken from these therapy sessions.
Rhiannon said: “We talk about being women, we test our friendship and we learn how important it is to ask for help, using the voice recordings of Joy to stay on track.
“It’s silly, hard, very honest and slightly outrageous. Come along if you have a wicked sense of humour and like the thought of living free of fear.”
Rhiannon’s pick of personal phobias and ones she just finds interesting:
- Methyphobia (fear of alcohol)
“This would literally kill me. I love a glass of red wine after a day in the studio. Especially after some of the subject matters that we try to tackle in the show – it’s necessary.”
- Mycrophobia (fear of small things)
“I am tiny, just 5ft, it would be tricky if I had this phobia as I would be scared of myself.”
- Telephonophobia (fear of telephones)
“This was my actual phobia. I couldn’t talk on the telephone to people I didn’t know.
“As a choreographer, I also have to be a business woman so I really needed to conquer the fear, that’s where the idea for the show came from.”
- Glossophobia (fear of public speaking)
“This is a really common fear, although I don’t seem to have it, I love talking all about my problems to an audience.
“Sometimes I wish I didn’t love it so much, as everyone knows everything about me.”
- Phobophobia (phobia of phobias)
“Wow, that sounds tiring.”
8pm, Saturday, February 20, £8-£10, Rich Mix , Shoreditch