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24 Oct - Judi Dench v Judy Garland with Susie Boyt at The Bookseller Crow, Crystal Palace
"I loved it!" Carol Ann Duffy
"Think Rik Mayal meets performance art" Sunday Times
“What a self-deprecating, funny, moving, entertaining read it is, a mad love letter from Susie Boyt to Judy Garland” Ali Smith
As part of the ongoing #StokeTheCrow campaign join Barbara for an evening of fandom and obsession where Susie Boyt (My Judy Garland Life) goes head to head with Barbara Brownskirt (JUDI) over whose star shines the brightest - Judi Dench or Judy Garland?! The debate takes on an unusual form of comic poetry performance, book readings, memorabilia and a quiz, where we’ll find out who knows their Judi from their Judy.
Barbara is anorak attired and unlucky in love. Judi Dench is her muse, desired wife and mother substitute...It’s complicated!
Her debut show Who Do You Think You Are? Barbara Brownskirt. was a hit at 2018 Edinburgh Festival Fringe and she regularly tours nationwide theatres, literary salons, festivals and cabaret venues.
Susie Boyt battles Barbara with fascinating and deliciously camp readings from her memoir cum travelogue My Judy Garland Life. Reissued as part of the 50th anniversary of Garland’s death, Boyt’s writing charts how what starts as a schoolgirl crush soon develops into a fixation of life-changing proportions. Susie is the great- granddaughter of Sigmund Freud so she digs deeply with a light touch. She’ll argue how Garland’s Over the Rainbow puts Dench’s As Time Goes By into the shade. But, ultimately, the choice will be yours! JUDI or JUDY?!
This night will speak to anyone who has ever nursed an obsession or held a candle to a star.
Tickets £7.50 (includes a drink and donation)
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