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Free Lunch with the Stench Wench

‘A cross between performance art, stand-up, a gig and a call to arms. A humorous and truly compelling performance.’

Desperate Optimists

‘Catherine Hoffmann's StenchWench is a labour of love and hits a home run for the proletariat! If you like your shows raw, real and dipping with beauty, go see this one. It will not disappoint.’

Stacy Makishi

‘At once funny, touching and full of sadness, StenchWench focuses on a harsh hidden upbringing in the UK, marked out by class and abject poverty. Cath takes us on a journey through some very personal experiences in her childhood struggle for survival and the lengths society makes us go to appear ‘normal’.’

Gill Lloyd, Co-Director Artsadmin

A  solo show exploring the personal and shared experiences of growing up as one of the ‘feral underclass’ in relation to today’s ‘Austerity Britain’. Fleas, cheap clothes, thrifty bread, cold baths, and debauched disadvantaged dancing will be unleashed as I chart the drive for survival and fitting in.

Stories and songs about how to get by will be shared whilst I attempt to overcome the shame of bareness and celebrate our spirit of community and hope.

A one woman flea circus doled up with faded glory, austerity pants, mouldy scones and hot chocolate.

Supported by The Arts council England, The Bike shed, Kingsley hall

A development following on from showings at Domestic Festival, Salford, presented by Word of Warning and The Guinness Partnership.

The full show previewed at Artsadmin on June 14th 2016.

Also shown at Beyond Bloodlines festival at The Cockpit, 11th June.

Toured UK Theatres and art centres throughout 2017/18 including:

Toynbee studios, Artsadmin

Beyond Bloodlines festival at The Cockpit

MAC, Birmingham

'Common' festival at CPT,

Norwich arts centre,

Colchester arts centre

Buzzcut, Glasgow

Stephen Lawrence gallery, Greenwich

Live Art Bistro, Leeds

Wardrobe Theatre, Bristol




For Hypatia journal for feminist philosophy

'Gender and the politics of shame'

By Dr. Alexandra Kokoli, 2018

Free Lunch with the Stench Wench:

Toward a Synaesthetics of Poverty

and Shame in Catherine Hoffmann's



Creative Team

Written and performed by Catherine Hoffmann                 Producer: Laura Sweeney

Lighting Designer: Marty Langthorne                                   Press and PR: Anna Goodman, Abstrakt PR
Production:  Malachy Orozco

Outside eyes: Florence Peake, Dickie Beau, Katy Baird

Photography: Lesley Ewen, Richard Davenport

Filmed by Tim Newton

Excerpts from Free Lunch with the StenchWench, Artsdamin 2016

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