Open Studio: Blonde Ambition, by Lucy McCormick

23 march, 5 p.m
Espaço Alkantara
Free entry

Lucy McCormick is in Lisbon to work on her new project, Blonde Ambition, and to explore the local queer scene. Catch her informal chat and showing on March 23.

Blonde Ambition is a subversive, immersive, narrative concept album about a woman who gets overwhelmed in a supermarket. Large scale and spectacular, though still with Lucy’s scrappy DIY aesthetics, the performance uses the most mundane narrative possible as an absurd & hilarious vehicle to tackle deep existential questions around individualism and queer survival under late capitalism. It is designed for club/gig spaces with audience standing and activity all around them. The project is Lucy’s most ambitious show to date and will feature original music written by Lucy which will form the backbone of the show. Current influences include Die Antwood, FKA Twiggs and Jungle Pussy. Live Artist Morven Mulgrew will create absurd, sculptural, interactive set pieces which morph into costume, such as a sofa which turns into a dress when Lucy stands up off it. The show’s title is reminiscent of Madonna’s legendary concert tour. The ridiculous concept of trying to replicate this scale of pop iconography continues Lucy’s interest in marrying virtuosity with ineptitude. Whilst individual elements will be high production value, the shows inevitable failure to live up to its premise offers hilarious subversion of the pop cultural phenomenons we engage with.


Created by Lucy McCormick
Set & Costume Morven Mulgrew
Music Producer Joe Reeves
Collaborators Samir Kennedy & Ted Rogers
Producer Karl Taylor
Co-Commissioned by Fierce and Teatro do Bairro Alto with support from Cambridge Junction, Tramway, and Alkantara.

Artists Bio

Lucy McCormick (Lead Artist) Lucy McCormick makes nightclub installations, cabaret interventions and extravaganza theatre shows, marrying interests in absurdity, ineptitude, feminism and the grotesque. Her debut solo show Triple Threat stormed the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2016, followed by two 3 week runs in London’s Soho Theatre in 2016/17. It was awarded the Take Me Somewhere Brick Award, the Best Performer award at Dublin Fringe, TV Bomb Groundbreaker Award and nominated for a Total Theatre Award & Off West End Award and was named one of the Guardian newspaper’s top 10 comedy shows of 2016 & 17. She is a Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London and Associate Artist at Hackney Showrooms & Soho Theatre (London).


Samir Kennedy (Dancer / Devisor) Sam will support the devising process and perform as a dancer in the work. As a performer he has worked with, amongst others, Yvonne Rainer, Franko B, Charles Linehan, Pablo Bronstein, Joe Moran, Rahel Vonmoos, Simon Vincenzi, Robert Clark and Alex Baczyski-Jenkins. As a maker he has performed his own work in The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, and the UK. His work centres on the live experience and can manifest as video, durational and installation based performances. He works closely with Lucy across all her projects, supporting the development and being a key performer in Triple Threat & Still Life.

Ted Rogers (Dancer / Devisor) Ted has developed a multidisciplinary body of work that spans visual art, performance, dance, music, poetry and journalism. His most recent credits include dancing under the direction of Holly Blakey in live show “Cowpuncher” at Queen Elizabeth Hall with music by Mica Levi and costumes by Vivienne Westwood. Ted has worked closely with Lucy since 2016, undertaking the Edinburgh Fringe run and ongoing tour of Triple Threat and Still Life.