Dates and Times
Wed 18 March 2020 at 7.15pm
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Presented by Lydia Hirst
In the week prior to the demolition of the infamous Calais Jungle, Lydia Hirst was taken from the camps main checkpoint by CRS Officers and detained in an excrement smeared police cell under the charge of carrying a war weapon into a conflict zone. 24 hours later she was released (the charges dropped) but she must leave France. It was one of the worst hangovers of her life.
Hirst guides you through the people she met in the months prior to her arrest; from living in anarchist squats and working in the black-market restaurants of the camp, to witnessing the armed raids and tear gas attacks of the CRS and of course, how she came to have that ‘war weapon.’ But most importantly I’ll Be Your Dog explores the humanity, dark humour and friendships forged deep in the heart of ‘the Jungle’.
Fusing a dark witted misadventure story with sublimely ridiculous cabaret. Inspired by the people she met but aimed at a British audience I’ll Be Your Dog doesn’t demand you change your politics only question; who controls the narrative?
CONTENT TO CONSIDER
The show contains strong language and distressing themes. Age rating: 18+
Alcohol is given out in this performance.
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About the artist
Lydia Hirst is a London based Mancunian ex-pat making off beat gonzo comedy shows her current show ‘Lydia Hirst: I’ll Be Your Dog’ is about the people she met and lived alongside during extensive periods of time spent in the Calais Jungle. It was previewed at Camden Comedy Club August 2018 and performed at Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019.