Theatre • Don’t You Dare!


Award-winning director and performer Chiara D’Anna best known for her work with writer and director Peter Strickland on the films The Duke of Burgundy and Berberian SoundStudio, returns to London with her trademark surreal comedy. Her latest solo show, Don’t You Dare! is a high-energy political satire that combines Storytelling, Physical Theatre and a contemporary reinterpretation of the Masks of Commedia dell’Arte to expose the witch hunts of our present time.

Her latest solo show is a high-energy political satire exposing the witch hunts of our present time. Don’t You Dare! weaves a narrative across centuries of attacks on women, the arts, and freedom of expression. Combining Storytelling, Physical Theatre and a contemporary reinterpretation of the Masks of Commedia dell’Arte, this surreal comedy invites us to reflect on the madness of our world.

It’s 1601: a famous actress accused of mesmerising her audiences, stands trial for witchcraft.

As the trial unfolds, an entire nation turnsagainst her hypnotised by fear and propaganda. In drawing parallels between the violence, oppression and indoctrination of the Inquisition, and the hate speech of contemporary politics, Don’t You Dare! invites us to reflect on the witch hunts of our present times. Focussing on the demonisation and repression of women, D’Anna weaves a narrative across centuries of attacks on women, the arts and freedom of expression.


A theatrical tour-de-force, Don’t You Dare! is an outrageously funny and deeply moving one-woman show.

With gallows humour and Panta Rei Theatre’s unique mix of physical theatre, surreal comedy and storytelling: expect laughter, tears and unforgettable characters

Witch Hunts in the 21stcentury?

It might seem absurd, however, the persecution of witches in the 1600s provides a platform to talk about the dangerous repercussions of contemporary propagandaand its culture of fear. We live in a world poisoned by aggressive and divisive politic where ‘any delusion can be instilled’. ‘If one canisolate the masses, allow no free thinking…and can hypnotise the group daily with noises, with press, radio and television and with fear, people will begin to accept the most primitive and inappropriate acts.’These are the words of a Jewish psychoanalyst, Joost Meerloo, who fled theNetherlands in 1942. Sadly, his words could be no more relevant today.


Panta Rei Theatre

(“everything flows”) create visceral, poetic and visionary performances to inspire, challenge and empower their audiences. Fascinated by the cultural exchange between people coming from diverse backgrounds, cultures and ethnicities. Panta Rei Theatre love to experiment with different languages Chiara D’Anna is the Artistic Director at Panta Rei Theatre andone of the leading practitioners on Commedia dell’Arte in the UK. In 2017 Chiara began experimenting as a solo performer – writing, directing and performing her own one woman shows.


Written, Directed & Performedby Chiara D’Anna

Scenographer: Jelmer Tuinstra| Costume Design: Natasa Samastari

Take a look at the Trailer

DON’T YOU DARE! teaser from Chiara D’Anna on Vimeo.

Don’t You Dare! 

Written, Directed & Performed by Chiara D’Anna
8th of  April at 8.30pm & 9 -13th of April at 9.15pm at The Tristan Bates Theatre

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