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Jeremy Goldstein presents
PENNY ARCADE
BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE!
Arcola Tent
27 June – 22 July 2012

Co-producer Time Out Live

QUEEN OF THE UNDERGROUND AND NEW YORK PERFORMANCE LEGEND PENNY ARCADE INVITES YOU TO CELEBRATE SEX, FREEDOM AND ART AS SHE RETURNS TO LONDON WITH HER INTERNATIONALLY INFAMOUS SEX AND CENSORSHIP SHOW WHERE LITERALLY ANYTHING GOES AT LONDON’S ALTERNATIVE PRE-OLYMPIC BASH

This summer the New York performer PENNY ARCADE will once again wow, challenge and send audiences into a frenzy with her passionate celebration of sex, freedom, and art, hailed by critics around the world.

BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! is a freedom of speech anthem: part nightclub, 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 and, in a venue which radiates all the energy and vibe of NY’s East Village, will play at the Arcola Tent in Dalston, London's coolest pop up venue for theatre, cabaret, and circus from 27 June – 22 July 2012.

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. Arcade’s 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 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 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 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.

Presented as part of CREATE – a festival for the five London Boroughs hosting the 2012 Games; and World Pride 2012.

Tickets start from £20, concessions £15 and are available from the Arcola Theatre: arcolatheatre.com and Time Out Tickets: timeout.com/london/cabaret/event/250515/1232481/penny-arcade-bitch-dyke-faghag-whore

Photo credits: Timothy Greenfield-Sanders (Penny Arcade) and Oliver Hadji (Dancers)