LONDON – Writer, performer and winner of the Sexual Freedom Awards Joana Nastari closes The Bunker Theatre’s spring season with her award-winning debut performance, Fuck You Pay Me.
Having won the Wilton’s Music Hall Edinburgh Award and VAULT Festival People’s Choice Award 2018, Fuck You Pay Me blends theatre, comedy, music and spoken word to bring audiences an authentic and hilarious night of entertainment, telling of one woman and the joy and magic and mundanity of sex work, as she dreads going home to her Catholic mum finding out what she does for a living.
Having enjoyed sold out runs at VAULT and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals 2018, Fuck You Pay Me is set to be a no-holds-barred, explosive trip through the world of London strip club culture, as it challenges the presentation of sex workers as voiceless bodies in mainstream culture and political debate. A uniquely empowering personal narrative , audiences should get ready to come to grips with the reality of the stripper community and debunk the stereotypes associated with it, highlighting society’s pervasive and damaging attitudes to slut-shaming, consent and bodily autonomy.
As part of the Fuck You Pay Me project, the team behind it are supporting the pollination and creation of three Arts-Activism projects around the theme of Sex Worker Advocacy, to be presented alongside the show, aiming to end sex work stigma and make allies of everyone.
Says Joana Nastari: “There is a chronic lack of awareness of the working conditions of strippers and other sex workers as the prevailing social stigma propagates a silence around the industry which creates very real danger. The societal view that we’re victims stops us from speaking openly about our work, discussing both the positive and more difficult aspects of what we do. I’ve made this show to both celebrate and entertain women working in strip clubs and in the sex industry.
“Fuck You Pay Me,” she continues, “is a sanctuary for all people who have been subject to slutshaming and whorephobia, and for all people who have ever counted a sex worker amongst the people they love. This run at The Bunker has enabled us to create Fuck You Pay Me in its fullest incarnation, allowing us to platform other sex-worker arts/activism projects alongside the show and programme special guests to perform each night before the show. We can both make some amazing art, and shout louder than ever about workers’ rights and ending sex-work stigma.”
F*ck You Pay Me runs from 7th to 19th May 2019 at the Bunker, London. For more information and tickets, visit their website here