Dates and Times
Fri 6 – Sat 7 April at 7:15pm
Part of our Spring 2018 programme. Browse the full season here. 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 Karen McLeod
WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Barbara Brownskirt. is a poetry comedy show. Funny, thought-provoking and at times unsettling, the show charts the highs and lows of Barbara’s life as an unsuccessful lesbian poet in 21st Century Britain.
We first meet Barbara Brownskirt, explaining how her epic poem, WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE? Barbara Brownskirt. is yet unfinished. But, as she drags on her 22 volumes of poetry, the audience quickly understand that there is more than enough material for an all-nighter poetry session.
Battling the patriarchy and how it silences the world of menstruation, demonising women, giving rise to elitism, Barbara (unknowingly) takes the language of feminism and lesbian cliché and creates comedy and pathos. Themes such as loneliness, the Dunning-Kruger effect in art (where persons of low ability suffer from illusory superiority), Freudian mother love, lesbian cliché and the love of Judi Dench run throughout.
“Indefatigable, prolific and utterly unpublishable, Barbara is the manifestation of bitterness, anger, lesbian cliché… railing against her lot through poetry. Barbara is rubbish, but she doesn’t know it.” – VICE Magazine
“Hilarious!” – DIVA magazine
About the company
Karen McLeod trained in Fine Art at Cardiff University. A true lover of poetry and prose, Karen McLeod is the prize-winning novelist of In Search of the Missing Eyelash and the writer-in-residence at Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace. She works with the performance art collaborative DUCKIE as well as touring the UK with Polari, the literary salon based at London’s Southbank Centre.
Image Credit: (C) Holly Revell