“An intersection of empowering performance art and cabaret!
YOUR ART GIVES ME SO MUCH FUCKING POWER!”
HIGH STEAKS is a show about labia, labia-shaming, cosmetic surgery & fundamentally, body lovin'.
ELOINA hangs two beef steaks from her labia, butchers them up & sizzles them on a grill.
And...her mum is in the show.
Seamlessly melding performance art and comedy clowning, HIGH STEAKS discusses rising demands in young people for labiaplasty - plastic surgery to make the labia smaller/more symmetrical. Through live conversations with her mum and recorded interviews with labia-owners, HIGH STEAKS is a call for increased visibility of varied vulvas and a celebration of our vulvas in all their shapes & sizes.
SO IT’S TIME TO CELEBRATE THE SH*T OUT OF OUR VULVAS.
Prepare to raise a glass to your labia & the labia of loved ones.
Prepare to raise a middle finger to butchering your body for the aesthetics of another.
Audiences “wish (they) watched this when (they) were younger.”
So come before you get any older.
VAULT Festival SHOW OF THE WEEK
OFFIE Nominated for Experimental Performance 2023
Summerhall Award 2023
Note from ELOINA
I was bullied for the size &shape of my labia when I was 10 years old. I looked up this surgery. Since developing this show, feedback shows that labia-shaming is a common shared experience between my audiences. Not to mention, ‘designer vaginas’ being a worldly trend.
Empowering feminist shows about censorship are common. However, labia-shaming & labiaplasty is one topic that even labia owners censor from themselves.
In collaboration with Lydia Reeves (Vulva Diversity Project), HIGH STEAKS offers a view of varied vulvas to break the shame cycle. It opens up conversations about a surgery that happens on our doorstep, on the NHS, which we don’t know/speak about.
Birthed, Created, Performed & Produced by ELOINA
Directed by Louise Orwin
Star of the show: ELOINA's Mama (Annie Haines)
Technical Stage Management by Roshan Conn
Safeguarding Management by Joe Iredale
Sound Design by Sammy Metcalfe & Louise Orwin
Sound Design Consultancy by Liv Lynch
Lighting Design by Lily Woodford-Lewis
Aug 2021: Developed at PARL (Performance Art Research, Ljubljana) residency, Slovenia
Sept 2021: WIP at Camden People's Theatre, London
Aug 2022: R&D at Queen Mary University, London
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Jackson's Lane, London (Sept 2023)
CLAY, Leeds (Oct 2023)
Falmouth International Festival of Arts (Oct 2023)
Tom Thumb Theatre, Margate (Nov 2023)
Colchester Arts Centre (Nov 2023)
Performed at: DIY Space, Her-pees (2019), PARL (Performance Art, Ljubljana) (August 2021), Camden People's Theatre (15th September 2021) ,Theatre Deli, London (2nd & 3rd Sept 2022) & VAULT Festival (2023) , Cambridge Junction for DISRUPT Festival (2023), CAMP Margate for the book launch of Leading Vaginologist, Naomi Gale (2023)