Penny Arcade: Bitch! Dyke! Faghag! Whore!

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Penny Arcade
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. Tonight it's Jonny Woo! Presented by Time Out Live.

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Not sure what to expect, I wandered into the tent serving as a temporary theatre space for Arcola Theatre. I walked into a space with dancers... exotic, sexual, enticing.. OMG I didn't know guys could flex so well....and so the scene was set. But Penny Arcade skillfully maneuvered from outrageous to sharp political comment... It's a great night, if you can make the journey to Dalston you will not be disappointed.