What Tammy Needs to Know About Getting Old and Having Sex

Dates and Times

Sat 6 May at 9pm

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Ticket information

£12 / 10

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Part of Hotbed: a festival of sex, running from Tue 25 April – Sun 14 May. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket, and we’ll do the rest.

Presented by Tammy WhyNot


In What Tammy Needs to Know About Getting Old and Having Sex we join Tammy WhyNot on her quest to find out the truth about sex, and all its associations, at midlife and beyond. The “Tammy” in question is former famous country and western singer turned performance artist Tammy WhyNot. She is also the creation of artist, writer, director, scholar and activist Lois Weaver.

Part performance, part chat show, all comeback tour, What Tammy Needs to Know About Getting Old and Having Sex was developed in collaboration with older people in Croatia, New York, the UK and beyond, drawing on people’s stories and experiences. Tammy and her special guests will be giving a performance to share their exploration into ageing, desire, pleasure and intimacy. Whatever the media might suggest, sex is certainly not just for the young and the photogenic.

What Tammy Found Out: Six on Sex and Elders – Read the guest blog here

“Lois Weaver is a playful pixie of performance art” New York Times 

“Without seeing her in action, it would seem unlikely that such an unusual and outwardly stereotypical character can woo people into disclosing and discovering things about themselves that they had locked away, yet twenty minutes into the performance, I would happily have told her anything about myself that she wanted to know.” FringeReview

“The lines between musical revue, variety show, and daytime talk show converge in this truly unique piece of theatre.” Theatre is Easy


Conceived and Directed by Lois Weaver
Written by Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw
Performed by Lois Weaver and special guests
Produced by In Company Collective
Music Composition – Vivian Stoll, Amy Surratt, Louise Mothersole, Paul Clark and Sharon Jane
Set Design/Lighting – Jo Palmer
Videographer – Claire Nolan
Costume Design – Susan Young

Supported by Wellcome Trust and Arts Council England

About the artist

Tammy WhyNot is a performance persona who gave up a career in country music to become a lesbian performance artist and a university researcher. Tammy has accompanied Lois Weaver since 1978 and her playful persona enables Weaver to engage audiences on issues such as education, class, human rights, sex and ageing.







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