Actor, activist and poet Joana Nastari presents a work-in-progress deconstruction of London Stripclub culture.
In city slowly eating itself, an industry which employs thousands of women is fighting to keep up. As the streets of Soho are cleansed and the last remaining strip pubs are giving way to yet more artisan coffee shops and luxury flats, the casualties of this city-wide sterilisation are rarely heard from. Fusing music, spoken word, comedy and verbatim interviews, “Fuck You Pay Me” refuses to satisfy your appetite for a ‘scandalous tell-all’ or tragedy porn. Instead, it’s a celebration of the complexities of life as a stripper in London, a deep and thoughtful look into the politics of our relationship to sex, work and the rapidly changing city in which we live.
Joana is a founding member of feminist artists collective “Sexy Lamp Society”, organising meetings and talks, as well as hosting experimental theatre nights in unconventional spaces. Joana has worked as an actor across London theatres and was most recently nominated for a Broadway World award for Best Actress for her role as Unn in the Awakening. She also hosts sex worker community events at a local strip joint, encouraging women to share experiences, skills and secrets.
“A country without bordellos is like a house without bathrooms”
– Marlene Dietrich