Low budget, high gore, and straight to VHS Halloween horror films with a queer gaze from drag sensation Baby Lame
Award winning drag artist, and co-host of the BBC’s RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Podcast, Baby Lame follows on from her interactive BFI ‘shade along’ collaborations Death Becomes Her and Showgirls, by turning the spotlight onto an era of forgotten cinematic treasures. Part live and in-person performance, part screening of straight to VHS horror films, Baby Lame unearths a riotous, camp and deliciously disturbing collection of WFT film clips. Baby Lame’s Video Nasties is a freaky monster-mashup of real video nasties, original horror shorts featuring Baby Lame in collaboration with queer horror filmmakers Mansfield Dark and Joseph Wilson, and shocking, laugh out loud performances from Ms Lame herself.
Video Nasties is an umbrella term for sick VHS horror movies of the 1970s and 80s. Bad taste movie makers used a loophole in the British Board of Film Classification to unleash their nasty creations on the world on magnetic tape. Mary Whitehouse was appalled. The Daily Mail got involved. New laws were passed to protect the nation’s youth. Looking across niche era of home cinema Baby Lame turns her queer gaze upon the genre and shares the weird and… well, even weirder wonders she has found. Turns out literally almost anything can kill you, in ways you couldn’t even dream of.
This Halloween, buckle up and join drag monstrosity Baby Lame on a brilliantly bonkers thrill ride through the weirdest, sleaziest and trashiest filth from the VHS era in her brand new solo show Baby Lame’s Video Nasties. Our final girl Baby has uncovered a secret stash of lost videotapes, but little does she know the evil curse lurking inside. Will Baby escape the sinister force, or will her soul be used to awaken an unspeakable evil?!
Baby Lame works alongside Scarlett Moffatt as the co-host of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK: The Podcast for BBC Sounds. She is also the emcee and co-producer of cabaret night Mariah and Friendz ‘The best damn drag-circus-burlesque show in town’ (Timeout), and creator of the critically acclaimed underground variety revue Shit Show. On stage, Baby has worked regularly with Peaches Christ starring as Lame Edna in the world premiere of Spice Racks at the Castro Theatre. She regrouped with Peaches in 2019 joining the UK cast of Drag Becomes Her alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Jinkx Monsoon and Ben Delacreme. Next year Baby will star as ‘Uncle Fister’ in Soho Theatre’s UK Tour of Addams Apple Family Values.
Check out Baby Lame’s Video Nasties at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club 21 and 22 October 2020 and 8pm. For more information see www.babylame.com