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John Waters: False Negative

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John Waters, the legendary filmmaker and writer with a brilliantly twisted mind, presents a fast-moving, all-new, comic monologue covering his career, movies, fashion, art and the urge to startle.

The man the French press recently called the 'Queer Confucius’ is eager to duct tape his artistically-infected fans to their seats and give them an antibody-shaking spectacle like no other. This torn-from-the-headlines spoken word show is a booster shot for Covid-paranoid lunatic audiences everywhere.

Celebrating almost 60 years in film, Waters is a cult figure known for his bold, brash and hilarious work – favouring the queer, the outcast and the ‘trashy’. In his early movies he collaborated with artists such as iconic drag queen Divine, and later achieved success with Hairspray both as a movie and an adapted stage musical.

Author of ten books, this one-night-only show coincides with the publication of his first novel, Liarmouth – a hilariously filthy tale of sex, crime and family dysfunction.

Produced by the Barbican

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