Aged 24, Daniella joined the cult of contemporary wellness. She spiralised courgetti, saluted the sun, and came out top in spinning class. She even started her own clean-living blog and took a job with one of the wellness industry’s most respected brands.
But it’s been two years since Daniella’s last period. Her bones are disintegrating, hairs are springing up in all the wrong places, and her anxiety is sky-rocketing. The doctors are saying her lifestyle is responsible.
When did wellness start making us sick?
Hear Me Raw asks: what does it mean to be ‘well’? It is the autobiographical story of one twenty-something’s journey through the world of 21st century wellness, via control, obsession, restriction, weight loss and more smoothies than you can shake a celery stick at. It explores how our eating disorders have been rebranded as ‘clean living’, how regimental exercise regimes and restrictive diets have been sold as ‘self-care’, and how young women have, once more, become the target of capitalist spin doctors. It does all this through humour and honesty, and through the story of one woman’s quest to get her periods back.
Joining Daniella onstage are an array of characters who all want to give us their personal take on wellness: work-out warriors, the Insta-brigade, centenarians, FHM editors, resting-actors-cum-yoga-teachers, gastroenterologists, a Rabbi and her dad. These characters will have the audience chanting positive affirmations (‘I will enjoy the show, I will enjoy the show’), toasting their wheatgrass shots to good health, and mindfully stepping away from their social media profiles for 60 minutes… all on a mission to definewhat wellbeing really means.
Daniella Isaacs – Writer / Performer
Daniella is an actress and writer. She has previously worked at the Bush, Soho Theatre, the Tricycle and most recently appeared in Fleabag (BBC/Netflix). She is currently writing a comedy drama, Happy Now, optioned by Burning Bright Productions (makers of Isms & Schisms – Owen Jones, BBC & Bug – Adam Buxton, Sky Atlantic). Daniella also writes as a lifestyle journalist for Psychologies magazine, Mayfair magazine and Women’s Health.
“Daniella Isaacs provides some of the best acting I’ve seen on the Fringe” — The Telegraph
Rosy Banham – Director
Rosy is an Associate Artist at HighTide. She is currently the assistant director on the West End production of The Miser. She has previously worked at the Royal Court, the RSC, the National, Soho, Tricycle, Bristol Old Vic & Oxford Playhouse.
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