Syd & Sylvia

Dates and Times

Thu 25 Jan at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10 conc

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Part of Calm Down Dear, a three-week festival of innovative feminist performance. The festival runs from Mon 15 Jan – Sun 4 Feb. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest.

Presented by Claudia Jefferies


Eastbourne, 1987.  Infamous club owner / compere Syd and his long-suffering singer/entertainer wife Sylvia, have been performing the same old routines at their Working Men’s club for 15 years. However, after taking up an evening class in Women’s Studies, Sylvia has been taking liberties with some of the material, much to the disapproval of her abusive husband…

Bastardised karaoke lyrics, cheesy keyboard playing and bad jokes sit alongside harrowing anecdotes of misogyny and sexual assault in this one-woman show about control, expectation and the crap that women face every day.

Part drag cabaret, part-live art, Syd and Sylvia is an experiment in communication; in the difference that it makes when something is expressed in a ‘male’ voice as opposed to a female one. It plays with the idea that society treats male anger as ‘to-be-taken-seriously’ but female anger as a joke or so-called hysteria.

Devised and performed by Claudia Jefferies, Syd&Sylvia has been in development since 2015 and was presented for a full run at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.


  ‘‘…a visceral takedown of sexist social mores” ★★★★★ Fringe Guru

 “…a fascinating exploration of the feelings of anger, humiliation and shame that can follow street harassment and assault.” ★★★★  Three Weeks

“Unmissable show at Edinburgh Fringe”  To Do List 

“This show is a face-punch right in the patriarchy…brutal, honest, uncompromising and urgent… one of the best pieces I’ve seen this year. Everyone should have a chance to see it”Jen Smethurst, SPILL & Sh!t Theatre

Read Claudia Jefferies’s guest blog here.

About the company

Claudia Jefferies is a London based Theatre Maker and Performer.  She makes politicised shows that combine character acting, live art and new writing.  Her work is feminist, concerned with gender as performance and seeks to expose and subvert overlooked, over-tolerated examples of everyday hideousness.

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Image credit: (c) Jemima Yong

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