Penny Arcade Says Get Up And Dance
And that’s an order: Explore your seamy side with one of the most outrageous shows to come to London.
Penny Arcade promises: ‘You can be sure there will be no cheerful burlesque in this show’, and as Ben Walters wrote in Time Out, ‘New York legend Penny Arcade has the distinction of pioneering performance art and burlesque as we know them today. BITCH! DYKE! FAGHAG! WHORE! is challenging, witty, acute, humane, unmissable.’
B!D!F!W! is Arcade’s signature show and one of the funniest and most exuberant events ever to emerge from New York’s downtown art scene. Blending outrageous humour, razor-sharp satire, theatre and erotic go-go dancing with uplifting audience dance breaks, B!D!F!W! propels the anarchic into the mainstream, creating a freedom of speech anthem and political provocation for our times.
Joan Rivers, The Edge and John Waters are all fans of B!D!F!W! and, along with half a million people who have seen it from Anchorage to Adelaide, will testify to its joyous nature. Billed as London’s alternative pre-Olympic bash, the show is the perfect Olympic antidote – as unlikely to pass security checks as it is for Seb Coe to win the Marathon. Yet in the form of a unique celebration of sex, freedom and art, the show is exactly what we’ve been waiting for – a chance to let our hair (and guard) down and dance, and God knows we need it, if only to release the tension and anticipation of the behemoth juggernaut looming just around the corner…