Performance artist Peggy Shaw brings her solo show RUFF to Hastings, in the build-up to her three-night run at the Barbican Centre this April. Ruminating on life before and after the stroke she had in 2011, Shaw delivers this freewheeling monologue with deadpan humour and arresting honesty. Supported by video monitors, a green screen and her virtual back-up band, Shaw talks, croons and imitates her way through a this highly personal performance confronting identity and change.

In the build-up to her 3-night run at the Barbican Centre this April, Peggy will be giving two performances of her arresting solo show RUFF at the Observer Building in Hastings.


Autobiographical anecdotes are matched by tongue-in-cheek song renditions, with ‘The Hokey Cokey’ tweaked to inform us about the signs of spotting a stroke.

Sat 19 March 7.30pm | Sunday 20th March 2.00pm
£12 (£10 concs)
The Observer Building, Hastings
Tickets can be reserved in person at the venue or online
(Run time 1hr 10 min)

Written by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver
Directed by Lois Weaver
Designed by Matt Delbridge
PEGGY SHAW is a performer, writer, producer and teacher of writing and performance. She co-founded Split Britches and WOW in NYC. She is the recipient of three OBIE Awards, and a 2014 Doris Duke Artist.

Peggy’s Public Service Announcement on the signs of a stroke, creating from material from RUFF:
Video by Claire Nolan