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Peggy Shaw: Ruff at Barbican Centre

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Time 19:45
Date 14/04/16
Price £16
  • Produced by Split Britches
  • Price £16
  • Get ready for deadpan humour and comic songs
  • Bring along the courage to stare down serious illness
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  • See you at Barbican

There's humour, queer comedy and song in performance artist Peggy Shaw's exploration of life before and after a stroke.

Performance artist Peggy Shaw is best known as one half of New York-based duo Split Britches, whose rip-roaring, challenging queer performances mix cabaret and social satire. In this solo show, she explores the dark spots and blanks left in her memory after she suffered from a stroke. With the help of a virtual back-up band and green screen technology, she introduces the audience to all the people who've supported her along the way.

These heartfelt moments are mixed with stand-up silliness and comic songs, including The Hokey Cokey with lyrics that help you spot the signs of a stroke. It all adds up to a moving evening that blows apart the cliches that surround illness and recovery.

 

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COMPETITION: Win 1x pair of tickets to attend Peggy Shaw: Ruff at Barbican Centre at 19:45, Thursday 14th April. To enter the competition, send an email to jamie@run-riot.com with the correct answer in the ‘subject’ line. The winner will be randomly selected.

Q:
We’re told the evening includes the Hokey Cokey. Did you know the song and accompanying dance peaked in popularity as a music hall song and novelty dance in the mid-1940s in Britain and Ireland? It later enjoyed a moment in the charts during 1985, thanks to Black Lace. Which chart-tastic number did it reach with Black Lace?

A: .1) 31 .2) 21 .3) 11 .4) 1

Peggy Shaw performs RUFF