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About John Waters

John Waters is a man of many monikers: The Prince of Puke, The Duke of Dirt, The Sultan of Sleaze. Anyway you put it, America's royal raconteur is about to invade the U.K. Waters is famed the world over for his trash epics including  "Pink Flamingos", "Female Trouble", "Desperate Living", "Polyester", "Serial Mom", "Pecker",  "Cecil B. Demented", and "A Dirty Shame".  Two of his more surprisingly commercial films have been adapted for the stage.  "Hairspray", winner of eight Tony Awards when it debuted on Broadway in 2003, is now a massive West End hit that garnered four Olivier Awards after opening at the Shaftesbury Theatre last autumn. "Cry Baby - The Musical" recently opened in New York and was nominated for four 2008 Tony Awards including Best Musical. In the summer of 2007, "Hairspray" reinvented itself cinematically as a big-budget Hollywood movie starring John Travolta that became a smash hit worldwide.  

"This Filthy World" is Waters' rapid-fire one-man spoken word "vaudeville" act that celebrates the film career and joyously appalling taste of the man William Burroughs once called "The Pope of Trash". Updated and expanded from the original film version that enjoyed critical success at the Edinburgh, Toronto and Berlin Film Festivals, the live performance of "This Filthy World" focuses on Waters' early negative artistic influences, his fascination with true crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, the extremes of the art world, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and a love of reading.  

"All young people need somebody bad to look up to and I hope I can be that for you tonight." - John Waters