Obscene, Vicious and Depraved

Dates and Times

Thu 26 March 2020 at 7pm

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Presented by Performance Anxiety

video nasty: (noun) a film, usually specially made for video, that is explicitly horrific, brutal, and pornographic.

Are there limits to artistic freedom and, if so, who gets to enforce them?

In 1984, the Conservative government passed the Video Recordings Act: an attempt to stem the tide of low-budget horror videocassettes. 72 titles were banned or prosecuted, yet the lure of these ‘splatter’ films spawned a cult following with an appetite for grisly gorefests.

Performance Anxiety’s new show is a dizzying dissection of ‘video nasties’, moral panics and censorship. Through a blend of anthology horror and live reconstruction, Obscene, Vicious and Depraved recreate the schlocky chills and thrills of fake-viscera, bad acting and home video.


This show contains references to violence and horror. Recommended age rating 15+. To read the detailed synopsis with the content to consider, please click here. 


This performance does not require any health warnings.

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About the company

Performance Anxiety make experimental work that is provocative, playful and political. The company is led by Co-Artistic Directors Lee Anderson and Dean Elliott. They have made work for The Pleasance, Camden People’s Theatre, New Diorama Theatre and Cockpit Theatre.

www.performancenanxiety.co.uk | Twitter: @AnxietyPerform | Instagram: performance_anxiety | #OVD

Upcoming Performances

Thu 26 Mar, 2020
7:00 pm