Penny Arcade

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New York legend Penny Arcade has the unique distinction of pioneering both performance art and burlesque as we know them today. And she has apologised for at least one. With four decades' experience under her belt, including collaborations with the likes of Warhol and Jack Smith, Arcade remains fiercely engaged with contemporary politics and culture as well as bearing witness to recent history. Mixing memoir, character comedy and radical satire, 'B!D!F!W!' is her signature piece and its exploration of misogyny and repressions in capitalist society remains as challenging, witty and germane today as when it premiered two decades ago – acute, humane, unmissable. The hot dancers don't hurt, either – they're locally recruited, as are a number of special guest performers. Presented by Time Out Live.

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dani k.

I had the pleasure of seeing this show with a couple of friends who were visiting me from Los Angeles. At the start of the show, I wondered if I was just another social progressive who liked to hear her own thoughts and political views parroted back to her, but very quickly, I was taken by the sincerity, persistent good will and humor, especially in the memoir bits. I found it all very inspiring and the Old Vic Tunnels as a space was a fantastic setting for the show. Definitely worth checking out.


This is a MUST SEE show!! Penny Arcade is the funniest speaker I have seen on stage and very effective because she manages to speak with all her passion without preaching. The show is exciting and you never know what's coming, but I know that everyone in the audience, with all of their differences, felt completely comfortable to be themselves and participate at whatever level made them comfortable. The dancers are AMAZING and breathtaking! Especially if you are involved in theatre, see this show. When I left, I felt like I had just had a once in a lifetime experience.