// Catherine Hoffmann // Free Lunch With The StenchWench


‘A cross between performance art, stand-up, a gig and a call to arms.’
Christine Molloy, Desperate Optimists

A humiliating scrap with growing up skint in flat broke Britain. Free Lunch with the StenchWench is a rallying cry for times of brutal cuts and disparity, a solo account of shame and poverty from a personal perspective.

Cheap clothes, thrifty bread, cold baths, and debauched disadvantaged dancing are unleashed as she natters and sings about how to get by, whilst attempting to overcome the shame of, and celebrate our spirit of community and hope.

StenchWench charts the drive for survival and fitting in growing up in the 7o’s and 80’s and now precariously existing in Austerity Britain.

A one-woman flea circus doled up with faded glory, austerity pants, mouldy scones and hot chocolate.

‘Catherine Hoffmann’s StenchWench is a labour of love and hits a home run for the proletariat!

If you like your shows raw, real and dipping with beauty, go see this one. It will not disappoint.’
Stacy Makishi, artist

‘At once funny, touching and full of sadness…’
Gill Lloyd, Co-Director Artsadmin

Artist Bio:

Catherine Hoffman’s work explores the intersection between performance art, theatre, humour and music in a number of solo and collaborative projects. Described as an elemental weather system, she creates a mixture of interactive one to one performances as well as staged pieces for Art venues, festivals, galleries, cabaret, club settings, one off events and varied sites. Singing plays a large part in this work, vocality and DIY song making is a huge part of her practice.


Her work includes performances at Spill, Steakhouse Live festival, The National Portrait Gallery, Latitude, Southbank Centre, Bristol Museum, LIFT Festival at The Royal Academy, and Domestic II Festival presented by Word of Warning, Manchester.  For the last five years Catherine has been developing participatory projects for Home Live Art.  She collaborates with Florence Peake, Lesley Ewen, Tom Marshman, with Dickie Beau’s House of Strange Loops and performs for Lundahl and Seitl.

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