Theatre, Dance

Talk to me and I slap you

Organised by: Chan Sze-Wei (SG) and Gabriela Serani (CL)
Performed by: Gabriela Serani
  • Date:
    24, 25 Feb 2018
  • Time:
    24 Feb, Sat: 3:00pm, 8:00pm
    25 Feb, Sun: 3:00pm
  • Duration:
    60min, no intermission
  • Venue:
    The Substation, Gallery
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  • Language:
  • Admission:
    $22 ( Students, Seniors, NSF)
    Tickets available at Peatix or
    Saturday 24 Feb 3pm:
    Saturday 24 Feb 8pm:
    Sunday 25 Feb 3pm:


The one who loves you hits you. The one who hits you loves you. The one who loves you hurts you.
This is a piece about relationships, unfortunately.
(We can't get away from them.)
One woman, one chair, one microphone. And a chair opposite her, for you.
In an intimate conversation, she lays her cards on the table: talk to her, and she might (really) slap you.

Playing on the anticipation of what happens when a theatre audience talks back, this piece threads together live audience encounters with funny and frightening stories of loneliness, domestic violence, authority, gender, and sensuality.

"a perfect mirror to the hopeless shortcomings of our present social condition." - Theatrestück

"[Gabriela] has a unique and individual performance quality with a sense of intrigue, mystery and wonder." Debbi Purtill, UK choreographer

"Sze-Wei demonstrated herself as an artist with strong and brave visions." – Noor Effendy Ibrahim on Do Gorillas Peel Bananas? by Chan Sze-Wei

This is an encounter rather than a spectacle. Seated in the round, the audience is a group witness. The performer waits, for you. You are invited to a series of intimate one-to-one conversations in playfulness, dancing, sadness, silence... and a collective journey to confront fear, violence, love and a moment of real human connection.

With the support of:
National Arts Council
The Substation
Created and premiered in residency at the FAKI Alternative Theatre Festival, Zagreb 2016

Talk to me and I slap you