Unhappy Amy Lame
Amy Lamé invites you to share her birthday. Morrissey - icon for the bookish, bespectacled weirdos of the world - is invited too. A seat is reserved for him... will he arrive clutching a bunch of flowers and a gift? Will he turn up at all? Unhappy Birthday is an exuberant culture clash of party, performance and DJ set, where guests will be called on to get out of their seats, play pass the parcel or even take on the role of Morrissey himself.
Cracking open the cult of celebrity and fandom, Amy flays fat, faith and sexual identity; probes the pains of growing up; and cross examines a curious nostalgia for a time that may never have existed except in the bedroom of our imagination. A show not only for Morrissey fans, Unhappy Birthday will appeal to anyone who has ever been a pop music fan, experienced teen angst or been crushed by unrequited love.
Alongside the show at Camden People’s Theatre, Amy has worked with music photographer Tom Sheehan to curate an exhibition of revealing, rarely seen images of Morrissey and The Smiths, taken by Tom during his time as Melody Maker’s photographer.
Amy Lamé is a writer, performer, broadcaster, and chubby glamourpuss. Originally from New Jersey, she has been a Londoner for nearly two decades. In 1995 she co-founded the legendary Olivier award winning Duckie club night and collective. Amy has a twinkling TV career and co-hosts the afternoon radio show on BBC London 94.9 with Danny Baker. Unhappy Birthday is her fourth one woman show, and marks a new direction for Amy’s performance style.
Unhappy Birthday is directed by performance artist Scottee, founder and director of Eat Your Heart Out collective, and Duckie associate artist.
He has performed at galleries and theatres including the Barbican, Tate Britain & Modern, ICA, Whitechapel, Royal Festival Hall, Royal Opera House and the Roundhouse. Unhappy Birthday is Scottee’s directorial debut outside his own collective.
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Running Time: 1hr 10mins | Suitable for ages 16+
story published on Tue, 8 May 2012
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