SMOTHER opening at Theatre Royal Stratford East



Following the sellout success last year at Edinburgh Fringe Festival, 201 Dance Company and Patrick Collier Production Company are embarking on the premiere UK tour of SMOTHER from April – June 2017. Challenging the the taboo that persists in urban dance around presenting stories of homosexuality, choreographer Andrea Walker directs a cast of seven in a fast-paced, intimate performance about relationships.


★★★★ “Takes hip-hop into thrillingly new terrain” – The Guardian

★★★★ “This is the new generation of street dance” – The Times

★★★★ “One of the hot tickets of the Fringe” – The Herald

​★★★★ “A show that feels authentically young and cool and full of the amplified feelings of first love” – The Evening Standard

★★★★★ Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

★★★★ “captivating and frankly ingenious” – Scotsgay

Can you stay true to yourself, when everything suggests you change? 201’s raw, contemporary hip-hop movement comes to the UK in Smother: a story of two people’s broken encounter, touching on themes of addiction, obsession, and the true meaning of commitment. The show uses fast-paced, hard-hitting choreography and follows a number of relationships to raise questions about companionship and identity. Having repeatedly found that hip-hop lacks powerful gay voices, 201 present a bold, provocative show that brings a new voice to the urban dance scene. After acclaimed performances in New York and Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 201 Dance Company have gone from strength to strength.