Split Britches/Peggy Shaw

Peggy Shaw had a stroke in January 2011. The stroke was in her PONS, which rhymes with the Fonz, one of her many role models.

Since the stroke she’s realized she has never really performed solo. She has always had a host of lounge singers, movie stars, rock and roll bands and eccentric family members living inside her. RUFF is a tribute to those who have kept her company these 68 years, a lament for the absence of those who disappeared into the dark holes left behind by the stroke and a celebration that her brain is able to fill the blank green screens with new insights.

RUFF, the latest in a line of Peggy Shaw’s solo performances this time written with Lois Weaver, reveals her humorous and musical perspective on age, gender and bravadacio.

DR IN THE HOUSE – an interactive post-show Q and A with Peggy Shaw, Dr Ali Mears, Consultant Physician at St. Mary’s Hospital, Imperial College Healthcare NHS, chaired by Lois Weaver. (Following the Sat 17 May performance of RUFF only)

“An impressionistic monologue that’s engaging, admirably unsentimental and often very funny indeed” (Charles Isherwood, New York Times)

“She makes us chuckle, then teases those chuckles into guffaws as she draws us under the skin of her very being, until suddenly you realise that you’re on the verge of unsuspected tears” (**** Herald)


Directed by Lois Weaver

Photo credit: Michael Conti


The company was founded in 1980 by Peggy Shaw, Lois Weaver and Deb Margolin in New York. Split Britches creates new forms by exploiting old conventions. It borrows from classical texts and popular myths, but it’s true sources are the details of everyday life.

Bristol Old Vic Studio
Start Date
May 16, 2014
End Date
May 18, 2014
Running Time
75 mins
Box Office Number
0117 987 7877
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