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Louise Orwin's 'Pretty Ugly' to be shown at St Leonards-Mayfield School

Published Thursday 26th of February 2015 12:40:07 PM

St Leonards-Mayfield School is delighted to welcome Old Cornelian, Louise Orwin, to School with her one woman performance 'Pretty Ugly' on Thursday 12th March. The show looks at the phenomenon of young girls (aged between 8 and 16) posting videos of themselves on YouTube and asking viewers to comment on whether they are pretty or ugly.

Deciding she needed to know why the girls were doing this and what it might feel like to 'put herself out there', artist-researcher Louise Orwin created three teenage alter egos, posted her own 'pretty/ugly' videos on YouTube and waited for the results. The show was developed at London's Camden People's Theatre. 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.

Speaking about the project, Orwin says: ''Pretty Ugly' follows my trail of research into how Generation YouTube uses the ever widening field of social networking to reach others. It charts the ups and downs of the research, crunches some nasty statistics about YouTube users and cyberbullies, and struggles with its own moral and ethical stance. It asks how social media is changing you and me, and what this means for feminism today.There's some rollerskating, some lipsynching to Britney, some of my childhood toys and some dubious apologies. 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.'

Helen Halliday, Head of Drama at St Leonards-Mayfield School, added: 'Louise Orwin is a prime example of how huge intelligence combined with enormous creativity can produce groundbreaking and startling work. Her performances are recognised both nationally and internationally and she addresses issues which we as parents of girls cannot afford to ignore. Any woman with a daughter should see this piece of work. Any Father who struggles to understand the pressures today's adolescent girls are under should see this performance."

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