In 2018, disabled actor Melissa Johns’ iCloud was hacked. Explicit photos of her were released online. Snatched is Melissa Johns’ response to this event. It is a humorous and revealing show that displays no remorse in championing female sexuality, fighting body shaming and the taboo of sex and disability.
Snatched sees Melissa Johns take ownership of her story by re-writing it in her own words as a ‘court case’ against body shaming within society and the media.
Hailed as “exhilaratingly honest” by Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag), Johns’ play tells the story of a young disabled woman with a history of body dysmorphia coming to terms with her body becoming public property.
Directed by Lily Levin, this powerful play is a fight against the malicious comments that surfaced online about her body and disability in response to the leaked images and the media that wanted to write a negative narrative around her.
Melissa Johns was born in Hereford, training at East 15 Acting School. Her credits include Miss Scott in ITV’s Grantchester as well as Imogen Pascoe in Coronation Street. She recently made her West End debut in the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Henry V alongside Kit Harrington.
Melissa is also the co-founder and co-creative lead of disability lead organisation TripleC/ DANC. She has won multiple awards for her work championing women and the disabled community including being named in both Shaw’s Power List of the 100 Most Influential Disabled People and the 2022 Northern Power Women List.
The play has been in development since 2019 as part of ‘Developed With’ – The Lowry’s flagship artist development programme. Antonia Beck, Senior Producer of Artist Development at The Lowry said,
“We are delighted to be presenting the world premiere of Snatched at The Lowry, and we can’t wait for audiences to experience this dynamic and bold new production from Melissa Johns and Lily Levin that taps into very current conversations around body dysmorphia and body shaming”Antonia Beck
Performances of Snatched at Northern Stage will be British Sign Language Interpreted. There will be a post show Q&A session with Melissa after the performance on 21 June which will also be BSL interpreted.
Tickets are available on the Northern Stage website, and start at £10.