Ria Hartley

My Brother's Father

Presented by Word of Warning, The Guinness Partnership during Domestic II

In Brief

Can you ever fully recover from years of childhood abuse & trauma?
My Brother’s Father is an installation with live performance. This intimate and visceral work invites you to witness silenced and hidden fragments of childhood memories which piece together an abusive relationship and the preservation of self, sanity and survival.

Sited in an empty flat, the audience are given tools to reveal and discover the work, and also to walk away when they choose.

Venue + Booking Details, for Domestic II

Dates: Thursday 24 — Saturday 26 September 2015, 7.30pm; Saturday 26 September 2015 12noon-5pm
Venue: Matthias Court, off Cannon Street, Salford, M3 6JD — a 7 minute walk from Chapel Street / Salford Cathedral, a 13 minute walk to Salford Central Railway Station, and a 20 minute walk to Opera House on Quay Street.
Tickets: Evening Performances can be booked online via We Got Tickets (10% booking fee applies) OR reserved over the phone 07581 299 439 (leave a message + we’ll get back to you); remaining tickets will be available at Matthias Court (cash only) just before the performances.

Access Information

As a sited event, Domestic II presents a number of access challenges please see front page for details.
Age advisory: parental advisory 12+ For specific age and access information please email info@habarts.org or call 07581 299 439.


My Brother’s Father was first developed and performed in an abandoned house in 2007, presenting fragmented autobiographical narratives from 1994–2000 depicting the abusive relationship between myself and my Brother’s Father.

Who is she?

Ria Hartley is an interdisciplinary solo performance artist based in Bristol, UK. Her work has taken forms as devised theatre, site-specific and durational performance, live art, installation, video, photography, one-to-one performance and socio-political art. Her practice pays close attention to memory, identity, human relationships, and shared narratives and often invites participation and exchange between herself and her audiences, seeking to blur the relationship between performer and audience, space and situation in order to open new spaces of thought and exchange. Upcoming performances include: SPIT KIT (Fierce Festival, Oct 2015), Descansos (IPA Autumn 2015, Arnolfini), RECALL (SPILL National Showcase, Oct/Nov 2015), Untouchable (Contact Flying Solo Festival, May 2016).

What people have said about her

Ria has established herself as one of the UK’s most exciting young performance makers, and is also one of a small handful of artists addressing issues around autobiographical trauma, in this instance domestic violence. — Lois Keidan, Director Live Art Development Agency


Co-commissioned by hÅb for Domestic II, with special thanks to Dr Joanne ‘Bob’ Whalley & Dr Lee Miller.


riahartley.com | @RiaJadeHartley

Domestic II

Thurday 24 — Saturday 26 September 2015
at Matthias Court, M3 6JD [on Google Maps]
Thu 24 Sep, 7.30pm. £5, booking essential
Fri 25 Sep, 7pm + 10pm. £3 (both sold-out)
Fri 25 Sep, 7.30pm. £5 (sold-out)
Sat 26 Sep, 12noon-5pm. FREE, no need to book
Sat 26 Sep, 7.30pm. £5, low availability