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The Famous plunges into the ghostly underworld of popular culture, seeking the redemptive purity behind her own promiscuous behaviour, in this irreverent pop-phenomenon of music, dance, and witch-bitch ritual.

Pulling from the myth of Medusa, Nicki Minaj, and The Famous’ own legendary self(ie), Notorious examines pop culture’s take on the female monster. Expect visual overload, risk-taking, and your ultimate fantasy – horny dead virgins – from this interdisciplinary performance. Repentance just might manifest from behind The Famous’ ghastly gaze, if she can put her slutty soul to rest.

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein’s work blurs the lines between live art, dance, theatre and fine art. Problematizing representations of female subjectivity, The Famous’ work interrogates the ways in which social media and pop-consumerism have redefined how we relate to the female body, ‘the real me’, and public shaming. Following her sell-out show Splat! in 2013, The Famous returns to the Barbican with this raw, timely, and uncomfortably hilarious piece.


Created by The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein

Associate Artist Krista Vuori

Collaborators Krista Vuori and Brogan Davison

Design by David Curtis-Ring

Produced by Sally Rose

Lighting design by Martin Langthorne

Production Manager Hannah Moore

Company Stage Manager Chloe Dorato

Marketing and Producing Assistant Molly Giles

Company Production Assistant Lóa Björk

Dramaturg Eirini Kartsaki

Development by In Company Collective

Make up by Thom Shaw

Press by Mobius

Commissioned by Fierce and Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts

General Information

Guests with Mobility Impairments

Guests who use a wheelchair or experience mobility impairments are asked to call the box office on 01273 678822 or email so that we can assist you to find the best seat to suit your requirements.

Pay What You Decide

There is an allocation of Pay What You Decide (PWYD) tickets available to guests on a first-come, first-served basis. Come and see the show without paying anything in advance, and then pay what you think is appropriate at the end of the show. Maximum of four PWYD tickets per person. Please phone the box office on 01273 678822 or email for further information.


The Concessions rate is available for students, University of Sussex students, Over 60s, and people in receipt of JSA or DLA/PIP. Proof of eligibility may be required on the door or at the box office (if collecting).  Personal assistance tickets are available for free for customers who would otherwise be unable to attend the venue. Please contact the box office on 01273 678822 or email for further information.

Box Office Opening Times

The box office (phone line and drop-in service) is open from 10am to 4pm, Mondays to Fridays. The box office is also open one hour before the advertised show start time.

Dates & Times

  • Thursday 23 November, 2017


  • Adults
  • Concessions
Age guidance 16+ (contains adult themes and nudity). Venue doors: 7pm, show start: 8pm.
The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein: Notorious

The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein: Notorious Tickets

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