Split Britches: RUFF

Split Britches: RUFF


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£11 FULL // £6 CONC.

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Peggy Shaw had a stroke in January 2011. She has since realised she has never really performed solo. She has always had a host of crooners, lounge singers, movie stars, rock and roll bands and eccentric family members living inside her.

RUFF is a tribute to those who have kept her company these 68 years, a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind by the stroke and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the blank green screens with new insights.






Science Stroke Art 2014 is supporting ‘Ask the Doctor’, an interactive post-show Q+A with Peggy Shaw and Dr. Khalil Kawafi (Stroke Consultant at Fairfield Hospital in Bury and Greater Manchester Stroke Clinical Network Lead), chaired by Lois Weaver. The post-show session will provide guests with the opportunity to ask questions about stroke.


  • Led by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver.
  • Tue 27 May, 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Suitable for over 14s.
  • Tickets £6 [£3 with a RUFF show ticket]
  • Available via 0161 274 0600.
Rather than lament what disappeared into the dark holes left behind by the stroke, Peggy decided to celebrate the fact that her brain was able to fill those blank spaces with new images and insights in a process she calls Green Screening.

In this workshop Peggy will share her Green Screening as a shifting dialogue between her and her long time collaborator and friend, Lois Weaver, on issues of self, memory and the power of the imagination in the wake of a life altering event.


  • ‘…an impressionistic monologue that’s engaging, admirably unsentimental and often very funny indeed.’ - New York Times
  • ‘…a sweet sense of comic timing’ ★★★★ -The Herald


  • Suitable for over 14s.
  • Performed by Peggy Shaw.
  • Written by Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver.
  • Directed by Lois Weaver.
  • RUFF and Green Screening are both supported by a Wellcome Trust People Award.
  • Presented in Manchester by Contact and The Centre for the Study of Sexuality and Culture, The University of Manchester, supported by The Stroke Association.
  • Delivered as part of The University of Manchester's 2014 Sexuality Summer School's public event series on Queer Anatomies.
  • Part of Science Stroke Art 2014: a partnership between the Stroke Association and The University of Manchester, to support Action on Stroke Month in May 2014.

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