Date:Tue 17 & Wed 18 May 2022
Venue:J2 (seated reduced capacity event)
Price:Pay What You Feel (suggested £12.50)

Presented by Carnesky Productions

Spectacle, Danger, Resistance, Leopard Print, Ectoplasm


What happens when the Showgirl grows up? 

A spectacular new show from Olivier award winning performance maker Marisa Carnesky, SHOWWOMEN is a feminist rewrite: the untold herstory of British working-class entertainment from immigrant, queer, activist and occult perspectives.

1940’s body magic star Koringa, 1930’s pioneer clown Lulu Adams, 1920s female dare-devil Marjorie Dare and 1880’s teeth hanging aerialist superstar Miss La La are the inspiration to explore lesser-known stories of extraordinary women in variety performance from a century ago. SHOWWOMEN compares them to the lived experiences of exceptional performers today.

Marisa narrates alongside guest stars hairhanger/comedienne Fancy Chance, sword and spoken word artist Livia Kojo Alour and physical and fire performer Lucifire, interweaving live action, in depth interviews and archival footage to create a dreamlike landscape mixing death defying stunts, taboo breaking acts, political resistance and secret backstage rituals.

The show asks why and how women perform dangerous and taboo acts and explores the legacy of forgotten and marginalised British entertainers.

It looks at the collective power of women working together and the timeless representations of women performers as part animal hybrids. Expect witchy goings-on in full leopard print, naked crocodile women scaling walls, ladders of swords, live hair hanging, never-ending pom poms and ectoplasmic clowns, SHOWWOMEN channels entertainment heritage to create visons of matriarchal performance futures.


Featuring a specially commissioned soundtrack by James Johnston (Gallon Drunk, Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, PJ Harvey), Kath Warg (Snowpony, Stereolab) and Dave Knight (Danielle Dax, Unicazurn), fusing archival sound material with contemporary compositions. Other collaborators include live artist Kira O’Reilly (dramaturgy), Rosie Powell (film), Emma Henderson (lighting) and Imani Qamar (Set).

SHOWWOMEN will change the way you understand women in showbusiness – forever.

This is a reduced capacity event to allow more space within the auditorium.


Why you should come...

"I’m very excited for this iconoclastic new show from acclaimed live art visionary Marisa Carnesky that tells the little-known stories of migrant and Bohemian performers from the seaside mists of British popular entertainment history. I’m super curious about this like any sideshow punter should be. Roll up, roll up, roll up..." 

Matt, Artistic Director, Cambridge Junction 

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This is a reduced capacity event to allow more space within the auditorium.

Age: 14+

Duration: 75 mins, no interval

Cambridge Junction works closely with groups and organisations to provide a safe, welcoming space for everyone. We are a venue that strives to be inclusive and promote equality for all. If you have any access requirements or questions please contact Cambridge Junction prior to your visit so we can make your experience as convenient as possible. For more information about accessibility please click HERE.

J2 has flat floor access.

If you have any concerns or need assistance whilst visiting us please speak to any member of staff and they will help you or contact a Duty Manager.


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