Following a successful run at the Arcola Tent in Dalston this summer, the producers of Penny Arcade's B!D!F!W! (Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!) are thrilled to announce a new collaboration with The Old Vic Tunnels, where the show will run for 18 performances only from tonight, 8 August – 1 September 2012 with a press night on 10 August.
Penny Arcade is an international performance legend, former Warhol Superstar, cultural icon of the New York Underground, and the woman Quentin Crisp chose as his Anima Figure and Soul Mate. Her international hit B!D!F!W! comes out of New York's downtown art scene. A passionate and humorous celebration of sex, freedom, comedy, politics and art; heartfelt monologues performed by Penny Arcade are punctuated with an uplifting audience dance break and male and female erotic go-go dancing to create a freedom of speech anthem and political provocation for our times.
Producer Jeremy Goldstein said, "London audiences and critics alike have embraced the show's joyful message of love and tolerance. Together with Time Out Live we have brought together an exceptional company and are incredibly excited and proud to be able to bring it to London's leading underground arts venue!"
Hamish Jenkinson, Director of The Old Vic Tunnels said, "Penny Arcade's request that we 'adore and endure each other' is a message that needs to be shouted from the rooftops, so we're incredibly excited to welcome this show to The Old Vic Tunnels."
The show will run at The Old Vic Tunnels tonight, 8 August – 1 September 2012, 7pm, Wednesdays – Sundays only. Pre-show erotic dancing and drinks from 7.00pm for 7:30pm start. The Old Vic Tunnels are located at Leake Street, SE1 8SW.
Tickets: £15 (includes £1 restoration levy). VIPS: £25 (includes £1 restoration levy) – includes table seating by the stage and complimentary drink. To purchase, visit www.oldvictunnels.com or call 0844 871 7628.
Penny Arcade climbed out of her bedroom window at age 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, one of the most influential performers in the world. '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 Jeff Buckley. 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 a brilliant 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.
Jeremy is a leading creative arts producer. Over the last 10 years he has independently commissioned and produced shows from some of the UK's most celebrated artists. Between them, these shows have won an Evening Standard Award, two Fringe First Awards, and a BBC Audio Drama Award. These and many other projects have drawn audiences of over 300,000 to venues from St Ann's Warehouse New York, to Sydney Festival, Glastonbury, Walker Art Gallery, Chelsea Flower Show, Aldeburgh Festival and Royal Theatre The Hague.