In press materials, Arcade is described as "an international performance legend, former Warhol Superstar, cultural icon of the New York Underground, and the woman Quentin Crisp chose as his Anima Figure and Soul Mate." In the TV film of Crisp's New York life, "An Englishman in New York," she was portrayed by Cynthia Nixon.
B!D!F!W! has played in 25 cities around the world and kicked off the neo-burlesque movement. It was previously seen in the UK at the 1993 Edinburgh Fringe Festival and subsequently London's ICA Theatre.
Originally created as a retort to censorship in the arts, the show's satirical impetus and political clout remains important in a climate where debates over government funding cuts, gay marriage, sexual freedom and reproductive rights rage on both sides of the Atlantic. The show is described as "a passionate and humorous celebration of sex, freedom, comedy, politics and art; heartfelt monologues performed by Penny Arcade are punctuated with an uplifting audience dance break and male and female erotic go-go dancing to create a freedom of speech anthem and political provocation for our times."
In a press statement, Jeremy Goldstein, who produces the show with Time Out Live and The Old Vic Tunnels, commented, “London audiences and critics alike have embraced the show’s joyful message of love and tolerance. Together with Time Out Live we have brought together an exceptional company and are incredibly excited and proud to be able to bring it to London’s leading underground arts venue!”
To book tickets, contact the box office on 0844 871 7628, or visit www.oldvictunnels.com for more details.