whatsthebigmistry: Tropical Awkward Bastard


Tropical Awkward Bastard

Saturday 5th Oct 2019 | 7:30pm
£8 Advance | £10 Standard

A pineapple, a bunch of bananas, a tropical juice carton, a tutu, a sharp cleaver, and a question hanging in the air: when did hospitality turn into hostility?

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Tropical Awkward Bastard is a bold, provocative performance rant about ticking all the right boxes whilst being utterly misrepresented in the world, a movement piece about language and etymology that puts promoted histories on trial, and interrogates how such narratives feed the construction of national and individual identities.

Engage in an economy of pina coladas, set against today’s political back drop, and join whatsthebigmistry for an exotic staging of golden freak show fruits. Featuring multi-culturalism in a coconut-shell and dances with pineapples, all performed to a soundtrack of bombastic but complex histories, dressed up in an inappropriate outfit.

Supported by Attenborough Arts #DestressFest, WoW Southbank, METAL Culture, IGC, Duckie, Live Art Bistro, Chisenhale Dance. Photo by DWC Imagery. 

Age Guidance:
Contains alcohol, some explicit language. 14+ or with parental permission.


Part of our series of London premieres, championing radical performance work by CDS Members and international guests, in our venue and beyond.



whatsthebigmistry is the work of Midlands based artist Priya Mistry, working cross-discipline straddling performance, live art, visual art and dance to make work that explores race, gender, sexuality and mental health.

Priya is an Associate Artist with Derby Theatre and Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester through the In Good Company Artist Development Scheme. She is also an Associate Artist at MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, an Artist Member at Chisenhale Dance Space and the Social Engagement Practice group based at Primary Studios in Nottingham and also a regular collaborator with Daily Life Limited- Bobby Baker.

Mistry also works as collaborator, deviser and performer, this portfolio includes Carnesky Production’s ‘The Incredible Bleeding Woman’, New Art Club Cupid and Pysche, Emma Kirkland and Keir Cooper’s Don Quiojte, Micheal Pinchbeck, Puppets with Guts, Florence Peak Make/ Remake and 2Magpies Theatre amongst others.

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