Performance artist Peggy Shaw ruminates on life before and after the stroke she had in 2011, delivering a freewheeling monologue with deadpan humour and arresting honesty.
There are dark spots and blanks in her memory now. Yet in paying tribute to the family, friends and performers who have inspired and kept her company over the years, she reflects on what is lost and equally celebrates the space left behind for new insight.
Supported by video monitors, a green screen and her virtual back-up band, Shaw talks, croons and imitates her way through a solo show confronting identity and change. Autobiographical anecdotes and filmed images are matched by tongue-in-cheek song renditions, with ‘The Hokey Cokey’ tweaked to inform us about the signs of spotting a stroke. Sometimes sombre, sometimes frisky, this is a stand-up routine that’s ‘admirably unsentimental and often very funny indeed’ (New York Times). Led by Shaw and Lois Weaver, New York-based duo Split Britches has transformed the queer performance scene with satirical gender-bending work.
1 hour 10 mins/no interval plus post-show talk
Age guidance 12+
Post-show talk after each performance with Peggy Shaw and a health professional Free to same-day ticket holders
Commissioning support provided by PS122, the Ethyl Eichelberger Award and Out North Contemporary Art House, with funding generously provided by the Gesso Foundation
Development support provided by the MAP Fund, a programme of Creative Capital supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the Andrew W Mellon Foundation and residencies at Dixon Place and La MaMa, New York