Pampiric: harvesting blood for beauty

In collaboration with Alison Andrews, our show Pampiric took place at in Hebden Bridge at the Banyan Tree beauty therapy centre and at Lush in Leeds. 

The show features Rose and Argon. A pair of thousand year old women congratulating each other on stealing youth from the young. They’re certainly Looking Well. They have the not-so-secret key to eternal beauty. They’re relaxed, nourished with sensory alignment and immersive wellbeing. The question is: How do they look so good, while being so bad?

Join them to escape the stresses, the ravages of your hectic lifestyle. When you wash away the tensions, your aches and pains will disappear and anxieties will vanish in a transformative ritual of self-care. Because You’re Worth It. Rejuvenating, luxury treatments promoted as part of the ‘grey economy’ contrast with the lack of choice available to many younger women some of whom may be vulnerable – in abusive relationships, in poverty, at worst the victims of trafficking, and who are sometimes the people delivering the treatments. Whether in pursuit of bucket lists, luxury experiences or miraculous rejuvenation, the ‘Me Time’ options for comfortably-off older women are as dizzying as an overdose of Ginseng.

We created ‘scratch’ material towards situational performances  as part of Hebden Bridge Weekend of Wonderful Women in a local beauty salon, and at Lush in Leeds. For the next stage we’ll be talking to people working in the beauty industry; older women involved in direct action and climate campaigning ; women of all ages who want to talk about what it means to get older; and young people who may feel they’re being sold down the river by the baby boomers.

Pampiric is about climate justice, attitudes to ageing, body image, gender and generational equality.

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