Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone, prevent the dog from barking with a juicy bone, for performance art's homme terrible Red Bastard has announced his final London shows. There won’t be many tears shed at this news: those who have seen him at the Edinburgh Fringe or last year’s VAULT Festival are more likely to recall the experience with a slack jaw and a thousand-yard stare than anything resembling a Hallmark sentiment: “Where did the bad man touch you?” “Right here, right between the ears.”
Sure, the world will be safer without this lunatic on the loose but where will we now take those dates that we want to shake off and can’t take a hint? Or the 'unshockable' work colleagues who think they’ve seen it all twice? Or any family members we have no desire to ever speak to again?
Those who want to dip their toes into or relive the Red Bastard experience should get down to the Arts Theatre where, from 22 February-5 March, he will be playing out his apparently final London dates.
The crimson demon may not be completely done with the capital, though. Word reaches us that his alter ego Eric Davis could start work on a brand new show after this run is done. It is unlikely, though, that we’ll see Red Bastard back here before 2017; by that time, President Donald Trump could have declared war on China, Mexico, North Korea and South Kensington so don’t delay and grab this chance now. Freedom is another word for not realising what you’re just about to lose.
Red Bastard will be at the Arts Theatre, Great Newport Street, WC2H 7JB, on 22, 25, 27 and 28 February and 3, 4 and 5 March. All shows start at 10pm except for the one on 28 February which starts at 5pm. The show lasts 75 minutes and tickets are £20 each. More information can be found on the official Arts Theatre website.