Swallow This Skin

Swallow This Skin

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Unhushed Theatre Collective
Megan Legesse, Zoe Marin, Tamara Mobarak, Mackenzie Saliola, Naomi Lopez Morales, Brie Bennett, Kathleen Ballangan, Sanya Josephs, Ky Wellington.
60 minutes

It's 7pm in downtown Toronto where a run down strip club get's ready to open up for an usual night. The workers at the club get ready for the night. As the hours go on, the dancers' regular schedule becomes interrupted as an old dancer comes back to visit, a lingering customer stays around, a love obsession distracts the room, and more. By the time we reach the closing hour of 4am, the dancers discover themes of identity, sex, religion, sexuality, desire, fetishization, girlhood, what femininity means as a woman of colour, and more.

Please note this show is audio-only.


Megan Legesse
Mackenzie Saliola
Zoe Marin
Tamara Mobarak
Caitlyn MacInnis
Kathleen Ballangan
Shelby Mwambu
Naomi Lopez Morales
Brie Bennett
Production Manager
Abriana Lashley
Assistant Director
Aleria McKay
Ilkiz Liz Gurbuz
Sound Designer
Nick Beardsley
Sanya Josephs
Stage Manager
Karolina Solovka
Maeve Weishar

More about the company

This show was written by a collective of IBPOC artists, queer people, and women. Swallow This Skin features excerpts of the poems: "A Poem for my Mother" by Aleria McKay, "Rhymes with Bike" by Melanie Thompson, "A Trilogy" by Hope Van Der Merwe, "Chucha" by Mercedes Clunie.

Accessibility information

All Fringe On-Demand content is required to meet the following basic accessibility standards: videos are closed captioned, transcripts are available for all audio content, documents are screen-reader friendly, and all digital images are provided with alternative text descriptions. These access supplements have been generated by the company, and reviewed by the Festival. They may vary slightly from company to company.

Land acknowledgement

The Unhushed Theatre Collective has company members living around the world, with our most active work taking place in Tkaronto. Tkaronto, or the land we are on today, is the ancestral territory of many nations including the Anishnabee, the Chippewa, the Haudenosaunee, the Wendat peoples, and the current treaty holders; the Mississaugas of the Credit. Tkaronto is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. Acknowledging the caretakers of this land is not enough. We must, as non-Indigenous people, do much more than listen, but actively learn, participate, and work hard to decolonize the spaces in and around us and uplift this land’s indigenous youth, elders, women, and communities. The Unhushed Theatre Collective is humbled that we are able to be artists on stolen land and acknowledges that "Swallow This Skin" would not be able to happen without past and ongoing pain and trauma endured by Indigenous peoples.

Content advice

Not recommended for persons under 18 years of ageSexual contentAbrupt cuesMature language

Mentions of a suicide attempt, rape, racism, eating disorders, and harassment.

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