Having taken London by storm this year with phenomenally successful performances at Arcola Tent and The Old Vic Tunnels, queen of the underground and New York performance legend Penny Arcade invites you to celebrate sex, freedom and art as she returns to London this Christmas for her final London dates of her internationally infamous sex and censorship show.
BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! is at the Albany this December coinciding with the venue's 30th Anniversary. Albany CEO Gavin Barlow says: 'The Albany has a history of being a space for celebrating culture's subversive side. We wanted to do something alternative for our Christmas show in our 30th year and I don't think you can get more alternative than Penny Arcade. It's going to be a riot'.
BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! is a freedom of speech anthem: part night-club, part theatre event and part political provocation with an erotic twist. The show is one of the most exuberant events ever to emerge from New York's downtown art scene.
BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! is a multi-media spectacle that re-creates the atmosphere of a club in a theatre setting. Blending outrageous humour and razor sharp satire with an exuberant audience dance break, monologues performed by Penny Arcade are punctuated with male and female erotic go-go dancing. Her infamous monologues feature the daily life of a receptionist in a brothel, the upbringing and rearing of a 'faghag', the evolution of the New York gay scene, and the heartbreak of HIV and AIDS.
Penny Arcade climbed out of her bedroom window at the age of thirteen to join the fabulously disenfranchised worlds of queers, junkies, whores, stars and geniuses. By the age of 20 she had become a darling of Andy Warhol's Factory and is now, still, a consummate entertainer and one of a handful of artists who created and continue to define performance art. An Englishman in New York Quentin Crisp chose Penny Arcade as the woman he most identified with, and she was portrayed on screen by Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon alongside John Hurt.
When first produced in New York BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! was a run away success, propelling the anarchic into the mainstream and wowing critics along the way. In New York the show featured guest performers including Quentin Crisp, Marianne Faithfull and Debbie Harry. Since then, the show has gone on to be an international hit in 25 cities, kicking off the 'neo-burlesque' movement, and picking up a loyal fan base including Joan Rivers, The Edge and John Waters.
Originally created as an ingenious retort to censorship in the arts, and now celebrating its official 20th anniversary, BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! retains much of its satirical impetus and political clout, never more so than in a climate where debates over government funding cuts, gay marriage, sexual freedom and reproductive rights rage on both sides of the Atlantic. The show has just been nominated in the Best One-Off Production category for the London Cabaret Awards.
BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! is presented at the Albany in Deptford, South East London, as part of the venue's 30th birthday celebrations taking place from September 2012 to May 2013. Penny Arcade joins a long list of trailblazing artists to have performed at the venue over the last 30 years.
Tickets for BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! are £10 - £18 and can be booked online www.thealbany.org.uk or by calling the Albany Box Office on 020 8692 4446.
BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE!
15 - 23 December 2012 (excluding Dec 17), 7.30pm
The Albany, Deptford
Box Office 020 8692 4446 / thealbany.org.uk
Photo credit Timothy Greenfield Sanders
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