Peggy Shaw: RUFF

The Arches presents

Peggy Shaw: RUFF

Part of BEHAVIOUR 2013

Wed 10 Apr 2013 | 8.30pm (1 hour 15 mins) | £12/£10 - or buy a Festival Pass for £45/£35


“She makes us chuckle, then teases those chuckles into guffaws as she draws us under the skin of her very being, until suddenly you realise that you’re on the verge of unsuspected tears.”
**** Herald

“Shaw represents the triumph of the spirit. It makes you want to hug everyone you love and reminds you that we are all the same underneath: too frail; too strong, too silly, too smart, too human. A brave, bold, beautiful show.”
Across The Arts


RUFF is the latest in a line of Peggy Shaw’s solo performances, this time written with long term collaborator Lois Weaver (Split Britches).

Peggy Shaw had a stroke in January 2011. The stroke was in her ‘pons’, which rhymes with ‘The Fonz’, one of her many early role models, and since the stroke she’s realized 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 and an opportunity to share them with her favourite confidants – the audience.

Renowned for her own gender bending autobiographical work, Peggy Shaw’s supremely transgressive art explodes every box which might be used in some vain attempt to contain her: language, societal norms, sex, fashion, romance, art — she breathes life into all of them and there is nothing but surprise and pleasure in store for anyone encountering her.

A free workshop accompanying RUFF will be held at The Creative Space at the Western Infirmary, Glasgow on Thursday 11th April, from 11am-1pm. Call 0141 211 6344 to book or see the Green Screening event page for more details. Supported by Art in Hospital in association with the Medical Humanities Research Centre, University of Glasgow.

“…an impressionistic monologue that’s engaging, admirably unsentimental and often very funny indeed.”
New York Times, 2013


About BEHAVIOUR 2013

BEHAVIOUR is the Arches’ annual festival of live performance. Now in its 5th year, the 2013 programme sees 15 different shows featuring Scottish talent alongside work from London, Berlin, New York and Canada. As with previous years, the festival extends out of the Arches and across the city, with performances taking place in the iconic Arches building as well as in a range of traditional and unusual spaces across Glasgow including a working landfill site, a Govan community centre and Tramway.

View the full listings for BEHAVIOUR 2013.