Fuck You Pay Me

“Funny-as-fuck” theatre-witchery on the divine nature of being a slut.

Bea: 20’s, British-Brazilian, 50% square-cut diamond, 50% bin juice, 100% hungover. It’s lunchtime, she hasn’t slept, and she’s dreading going home to her mum and sisters to face the consequences of the night before, when they found out what she really does for a living…

This “crucial” (The Times) debut from bitingly observant solo artist Joana Nastari is an explosion of dramatic expectations and shitty preconceptions, dismantling what a play about strippers should be.

We say “Fuck You” to boring happy hooker/tragedy porn narratives and “Fuck Yeah” to a tornado of gold jewellery, pink money, phone screens, cigarette smoke and self help books.

“A gripping insight into the world of stripping. Authentic, high energy and hilarious, beautifully performed. There’s no show like it.” – Actual real life stripper
“Magnetic, genuine and funny as fuck.” – Another real life stripper

1hr 00m
The Vaults
24 — 28 Jan 21:15
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About the company

Joana Nastari

Writer/Performer Joana Nastari is a Brazilian British actress, playwright and theatremaker based in London and recently nominated for a Broadway World award for Best Actress for The Awakening, Brockley Jack (2016). Her solo work’s been performed across the UK including The Pleasance, Platform Southwark, Brainchild Festival and The Lyric Hammersmith. Joana is a founding member of feminist arts collective ‘Sexy Lamp Society’ and hosts sex worker community events at local strip joints including ‘Sleazy Virtue’, encouraging women to share experiences, skills and secrets.

Director Bethany Pitts is a theatre director specialising in new work. She is Artistic Director of the MolinoGroup, Associate Director of Polaroid and is passionate about creating exhilarating live theatre that wears its politics on its sleeve. Recent credits include Brutal Cessation by Milly Thomas (Assembly Edinburgh / Theatre 503) Spine by Clara Brennan (Soho Theatre & UK Tour – Fringe First & Herald Angel award 2014), Tether by Isley Lynn (Underbelly Edinburgh) and Free Fall by Vinay Patel (Pleasance Theatre – Nominated for Off West End Award for Best Director). She was previously Assistant Director at Theatre Royal Plymouth and Resident Assistant Director at Theatre503.

Kitt Proudfoot will be live mixing sound & music of the play as well as playing the character of Bea’s overly possessive mobile phone. Kitt is an actor and musician with a love for music that makes you laugh and comedy that makes you dance. He also jets around the globe DJing. Kitt & Jo trained together and regularly collaborate. Jo even handled the voice acting in Kitt’s most recent addition of his comedic web series, Mellowing.

Producer Ellen Spence is an artist and producer of creative events. She has produced shows and events with company Pecs Drag Kings at venues including Soho Theatre, Camden People’s Theatre, Tate Britain, The Yard Theatre and Theatre Royal Stratford East. Ellen is founder of long running queer club night HEY QT and also works as a Projects Producer and Development Consultant for multi award-winning arts festival, Brainchild.

Artistic Team
Beth Pitts
India Crawford
Sound Design
Kitt Proudfoot
Anna Reid & Ginger Siddal
Ellen Spence
Joana Nastari
Kitt Proudfoot

Press & Reviews

Peter Yeung, The Times

"Clasping you between its muscular Brazilian thighs, this one-woman tour de force about a disgruntled stripper is lathered in droll observations, cynical quips, and adds a crucial nuance to dated thoughts about sex work, before reaching its euphoric climax."

Audience Feedback

“A gripping insight into the world of stripping. Authentic, high energy and hilarious, beautifully performed. There's no show like it.”

"Joana's performance at Brainchild blew my mind and deepened my understanding of the paradoxes, ambiguities, and tragedies of life while making me laugh so much at them. Magnetic, genuine and funny as fuck."