How To Keep Up With The Kardashians
How To Keep Up With The Kardashians’ is a collectively devised theatre performance that was first performed in March 2020 and was essentially the birth of So La Flair. The performance is a dance party protest and fearless expression of being who you are, actively challenging the need to keep up with unrealistic templates AND suffocating expectations.
How To Keep Up With The Kardashians
WHO ARE WE
So La Flair are a self-made creative collective of emerging artists aiming to disrupt the current patriarchal norms of theatre making through collaborative work. Based in Manchester, they regularly host alternative cabaret and club nights as well as facilitating wellbeing and community theatre work. They aim to facilitate a space for the radical restructuring needed in the mainstream arts industry to progress to equality and empowerment both on and off stage.
With the Kardashians fiercely back on our screens, this show is a fearless examination of the relationship between young women and their bodies in a culture of abnormal aesthetic values. With the Kardashians signed on to another $100 million dollar deal, the season drenched in image manipulation and glossy lips, this show asks the timely and urgent question, why are we still watching and where do we go from here?
Following their sell-out shows in Manchester and London So La Flair make their Edinburgh debut with their cabaret campaign against keep up culture. Based on interviews with women and non-binary people aged 5-60, this is a dance party protest about shaking our asses to the rhythm of our own drums, reclaiming power by redefining beauty and confronting the ugly truth of why we feel ugly.
Directed by Lucy Laverty and Scarlett Spicer, the performance blends verbatim, movement, monologue and sketches embodying the impossible reach of beauty standards and its entanglement in our everyday existence. Expect an epic playlist including Toddrick Hall, Lil Simz and Teyana Taylor, belly laughs, brave truths and high vibrations. Sorry Kim, we’re not buying it this time.
WHY ARE WE FUNDRAISING
We need your support to help us on the road to our next and most exciting destination ... THE EDINBURGH FRINGE !!
So La Flair is proud to announce that we are part of Underbelly's 2022 fringe programme. It's something we've always dreamed of doing with the show and we can't be prouder to be going up with such an exciting and prestigious venue space.
Unfortunately the funds needed to take a show to the fringe are very large and so we are turning to you, our friends and family to support us on this incredible mission. As we have turned to you once before to financially support this show we are only asking for what you feel you can give to our team currently if at all. No donation is too small and your continued support means more than any donation ever could. The funds raised will go towards logistical costs for taking the show up to Edinburgh as well as financially supporting our artists.
Thank you in advance for any donation you chose to make.
MEET THE TEAM
Lucy Laverty - Co- Director
Lucy is a Director, Actor, Producer and Artistic Director/Co-Founder of So La Flair. Lucy studied Drama at University Of Manchester. Lucy is based in Manchester creating work and establishing SLF. She’s directed SLF events including; Pleasure Rebellion, Bad Bitch Cabaret and The Brightness Sanctuary. Lucy created the concept for HTKUWTK (2020), led the devising process and co-directed it from idea to fruition. Lucy also recently became Walk the Plank’s new emerging creative this July 2022.
Scarlett Spicer - Co-Director
Scarlett is the Artistic Director of SLF along with Lucy and is a movement director, facilitator and director working in community theatre, well-being and live performance spaces. Scarlett also supports Energy and Expansion Coach Rachel Cruickshank using yoga, breathwork, sound and manifestation practice to help female artists and leaders thrive. Scarlett is inspired with the new and evolving work of intimacy direction and how this practice is making creative spaces safer.
PJ Cunningham – Producer
PJ is a Producer, Writer, Designer, Project Facilitator and the Creative Producer of SLF. Based in Manchester, she has worked heavily with HIVE_MCR, a universtiy theatre collective. Her roles include Marketing Manager (2020/21) and Co Artistic-Director (2021/22). PJ recently produced Leila Malik’s short film ‘An Ode To Inheritance by Eavan Boland’ displayed at The Rag Gallery, Chorlton as a part of A Modest Show's Manchester leg of the British Art Show 09.
Sophia Rosen-Fouladi - Producer
Sophia is an Actor, Director and Creative Producer based in London whose work focuses on community, identity and LGBTQ+ stories. She has most recently Assistant Directed the sell-out show PICKLE at the Park Theatre and Directed a piece of new writing at the Arcola Theatre for The Miniaturists. She acted as Hive MCR’s Co Artistic-Director from 2020-2021 producing an online theatre festival that curated seven pieces of digital theatre during the pandemic.
Sofia Armella - Sound Designer
Sofia is a sound designer, composer, director and actor based in London. She specialises in the portrayal of women and non binary bodies primarily through the use of electronic sound. Their previous credits with So La Flair include ‘How to Keep up with the Kardashians’. Sofia is excited to join the So La Flair community and explore their creative identity through a range of projects. Sofia is also the composer in another show at the Edinburgh Fringe; Bundle Of Joy? by Imogen Chillington which will be shown at Paradise Green from the 15th - 20th August.
Lae Carbon Wilson
MayaLae is an interdisciplinary performance artist, writer and facilitator moving between Dominica, London and Manchester. Their practice is rooted in truth-telling and hope-building, using rhythm and ritual to summon alternative futures that speak for a collective. They are about to begin a master's in Intercultural Practice at Central Saint Martins.
Imogen is an Actor and Writer from Leeds, currently living in Manchester. In her work Imogen explores the female voice and the experiences that are a part of this. This year she completed her MA in Playwriting at the University of Manchester. As well as How To Keep up with the Kardashians, Imogen has her Edinburgh Fringe writing debut, Bundle of Joy? , which will be shown at Paradise Green from the 15th - 20th August.
Eliza Lewis a London based actor, film producer and singer currently working as a production assistant for Papaya Films. Eliza has produced ‘Bloom’, a multi award winning short film, and is now producing her next short film with Silicon Gothic Ltd. Recently, Eliza has been working with SLF which has allowed her to explore all the avenues of her creativity: devising, dancing, singing and acting.
Eleanor Haigh is a writer, performer, dancer and choreographer who has just graduated from the University of Manchester with a Bachelors in Drama and English Literature. Eleanor has been an artist community member of So La Flair since 2021. She is also engaged in another project in which she’s the Choreographer and Assistant Director in Savannah Acquah’s ‘I Don’t Feel Anything.’ Which was performed at Contact Theatre in July 2022 and will also be shown at theSpace on North Bridge from 12th - 20th August this Edinburgh Fringe.
Rosa Hallam Fryer
Rosa is and Actor and Director and loves anything remotely creative. She loves theatre that engages an audience and makes them feel something whatever that may be. So La Flair took Rosa under their wing when she was cast in HTKUWTK. Rosa reflects on her involvement in the show as a time when she grew and blossomed as not only a creative but also a person. The show rocked her world, and she can't wait to do it all over again.
Millie Loveday Inglis
Millie Loveday is a visual artist, performance artist and creative facilitator based in Manchester. Working as part of Trouser Project Collective, Loveday sells prints and hand painted and upcycled clothes in Afflecks Palace. Loveday creates a “third space” between reality and fantasy in her work. She endeavours to make the familiar strange and the strange familiar with her bold representations on canvas and on stage. As a performer, Loveday enjoys playing herself and writing her own material. She is currently working towards two exhibitions in central Manchester that will entwine her visual and performance practices with a running theme of ‘reimagining’ identity and heritage. @loveday_art
Montana Rose Aguelo De Guero Barrera
Montana is a Spanish and Argentinian performer and creator who recently graduated from the University of Manchester. Montana was involved with So La Flair’s collaboratively devised piece, HTKUWTK. For Montana, being a part of this play was a wonderful experience as it was one of the first times she had the opportunity to access a platform upon which she could celebrate her lived experience as a curvy Latin woman; especially given the way that they are caricatured, exoticised, and typecast in mainstream media. Montana has taught theatre in underprivileged schools and prisons and from that she has seen how theatre unites people who might never have had any reason to associate and that is what she loves about art and theatre. Montana can’t wait to see what this year brings for So La Flair.