FEMME FATALE

FIRERAISERS THEATRE COMPANY

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1968, New York. Andy Warhol’s muse and his would-be assassin collide in this unconventional & darkly comic drama about fame, failure and feminism.

Original writing meets live music and film in a cabaret set up for an evening of uncompromising entertainment.

“Writing that sears and burns” (Lyn Gardner, The Guardian)

Nico, The Velvet Underground’s glamorous frontwoman, is waiting to shoot Any Warhol’s latest movie when her room is invaded by Valerie Solanas, writer of the radical feminist SCUM Manifesto. Despite their contrasting personalities, they have one thing in common: they give precisely zero fucks.

Valerie wants the celebrity’s help to spread her message of female revolution – but Nico craves only drugs, to insulate her from her stalled career and traumatic past. A darkly comic battle begins. Can these two iron-willed opponents become allies and change their futures?

As humorous as they are uncompromising, the pair’s views on men, music, fame and feminism are outrageous and deadpan.

The time seems ripe for this reimagining of two female pop culture icons at the epicentre of 60s cool, battling for control of their own destinies. With women’s ownership of their stories and bodies still firmly on the news agenda, Femme Fatale draws parallels between 1960s feminism and today.

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