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NOW 18 | Week 3

30 January — 03 February


Katy Baird


Artist and activist Katy Baird makes work that is rough, raw and radical. Her sharp and uncompromising recent show Workshy has toured to over 28 cities (“messy, anarchic and very funny” ★★★★ The Stage).

This is the very first showing of her new show Unreal, which is at the beginning of its development. Unreal is dedicated to those times in life when you feel totally lost. Those moments when your most terrible thoughts and your biggest failures overshadow everything. When no matter how hard you try, you just can’t shake the feeling that you are faking it all.

As this is the first public showing of this work audience are encouraged by the artist to stay for feedback and discussion in the bar post-show.

Part of the research and development of this work has been supported by Camden People’s Theatre and CUT Festival. 

Katherine Araniello

The Araniello Show

With Daniel Oliver

“Wing disability, drink disability, wear disability, fake disability, snog disability,
fuck disability.” Katherine Araniello

Katherine Araniello is sick and twisted. She is also ‘A Miracle of Life’.

The Araniello Show is an unpredictable, hilarious and incurably wayward show, which revels in pity porn, sympathy and dyspraxia. There’ll be infectious over-sharing, sick film and deadbeat exposes. Chaos will be rampant and contagious

Katherine Araniello  is an award-winning artist whose work has been shown at Tate Modern, the ICA and internationally. She uses subversive humour in response to the negative representations of disability and twists taboos. You’ll embrace pity-porn in all its festering glory and Miracles of Life.

Come and watch the mayhem unravel.


There will be a BSL interpreted performance of Unreal and The Araniello Show on Tuesday 30 January.

Access tickets are priced at £17 and can be booked online. We offer free tickets for companions and these must be booked over the phone (020 3111 0570) or by emailing

About the Artists

Katherine Araniello

Katherine Araniello is an internationally recognised established artist, whose work is significant and asks critical questions. Her performance and video art scrutinises, regurgitates and reconfigures disability to produce live shows and video that bombards her audience, taking them on an emotional rollercoaster. She twists and subverts preconceptions and representations of disability, bringing calamity and chaos to the forefront. Araniello subverts sentimentality, sickness and inspiration porn. She utilises clichéd associations of disability as stimuli for ongoing investigative work.

Katy Baird

Katy Baird is a London-based artist and curator who often finds herself in uncomfortable situations of her own making.

As an artist Katy has performed at Live Art festivals and venues across the UK and internationally as well as squat parties, clubs and raves. Her recent solo performance Workshy, a show about work and the things we do for money, has toured internationally to over 28 cities. In 2016 she received a commission from the Wellcome Trust, won an award from Camden People’s Theatre and was queer club night Knickerbocker’s artist in residence.

This year she will continue on her UK wide tour of Workshy and will be one of just two Duckie 2017 Resident Artists while also continuing a new research project entitled ReDress, related to ideas around consumption and identity.

As a Curator she co-produces Steakhouse Live, a DIY platform for radical performance practices. It’s rough. It’s raw. Unprofessionalism is embraced. Work cuts across performance art, theatre, visual art, cabaret, sculpture, dance, drag and participatory performance.


Responses to Workshy:

‘Baird is a brilliant, clever and funny performer’. – Exeunt

‘A really great piece of theatrical social commentary’ – Vice

You can just imagine the Arts Council symposium. It’d be called “What If Live Art Falls Into The Wrong Hands?” and the main topic of discussion would be Katy Baird. – The Scotsman