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On the 30th anniversary of The Smiths first single, Amy Lame's raucous pop meditation Morrissey and the highs and lows of teenage fandom returns by popular demand.

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Wriiten and performed by AMY LAME | Directed by Scottee
CAMDEN PEOPLE'S THEATRE, 14th MAY to 1st JUNE at 7.30pm

Press performance... WEDS 15th MAY at 7.30pm

Amy Lamé invites you to share her birthday. Morrissey, icon for the bookish, bespectacled weirdos of the world, is invited too, and 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 loved pop music, experienced teen angst or been crushed by unrequited love.

Unhappy Birthday appears exactly 30 years after the release of The Smiths first single, Hand In Glove in May, 1983

Amy Lamé is a performer, writer and broadcaster. Co-presenter of the infamous Sony award winning breakfast and afternoon shows on BBC London 94.9 alongside Danny Baker, Amy has appeared on and presented countless radio and TV programmes and writes for various publications on the arts, politics, food and travel. She co-founded the legendary Olivier award winning Duckie club night and arts collective, and recently curated Smithsfest at the ICA. Unhappy Birthday is her fourth solo show, returning to CPT after its sell-out run and UK tour last year and its popular Edinburgh Fringe Festival run. It follows Amy Lamé's Mama Cass Family Singers, and Gay Man Trapped in a Lesbian’s Body. Originally from New Jersey, Amy has been a Londoner for two decades. 

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.

unhappybirthday.net | cptheatre.co.uk | @amylame | #unhappybirthday 

Video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-98pZdUF4o

Running Time: 1hr 10 mins | Suitable for ages 18+

Company Information

Created and Performed by Amy Lamé Directed by Scottee

Listings Information

Camden People’s Theatre, 58-60 Hampstead Road, London, NW1 2PY
th May to 1st  June, Tues – Sat at 7.30pm | Tickets 08444 77 1000 / www.cptheatre.co.uk

Tues 14th and Weds-Thurs £10 (concs £8), Fri & Sat £12 (concs £10)

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