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Unhappy Birthday - Camden People’s Theatre

Unhappy Birthday. Photo credit: Tom Sheehan.

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

ON THE 30th anniversary of The Smiths first single, Amy Lamé’s raucous pop meditation on Morrissey and the highs and lows of teenage fandom returns to Camden People’s Theatre, where it runs from May 14 to June 1, 2013.

Tickets: Tuesday, May 14 and Wednesday and Thursday £10, £8 concessions; Friday and Saturday £12, £10 concessions – available from the box office on 08444 77 1000 or online at

Time: 7.30pm.

Running Time: 1 hour 10 minutes.

The production is suitable for ages 18+.

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Previously Posted: Unhappy Birthday, written and performed by Amy Lamé, runs at Camden People’s Theatre from Tuesday, May 1 to Saturday, May 12, 2012.

Amy Lamé invites you to share her birthday. Morrissey – icon for the bookish, bespectacled weirdos of the world – is invited too. A seat is reserved for him… will he arrive clutching a bunch of flowers and a gift? Will he turn up at all?

Unhappy Birthday is described as an exuberant culture clash of party, performance and DJ set, where guests will be called on to get out of their seats, play pass the parcel or even take on the role of Morrissey himself.

Cracking open the cult of celebrity and fandom, Amy flays fat, faith and sexual identity; probes the pains of growing up; and cross examines a curious nostalgia for a time that may never have existed except in the bedroom of our imagination.

A show not only for Morrissey fans, Unhappy Birthday will appeal to anyone who has ever been a pop music fan, experienced teen angst or been crushed by unrequited love.

Alongside the show at Camden People’s Theatre, Amy Lamé has worked with music photographer Tom Sheehan to curate an exhibition of revealing, rarely seen images of Morrissey and The Smiths, taken by Sheehan during his time as Melody Maker’s photographer.

Amy Lamé is a writer, performer, broadcaster, and chubby glamourpuss. Originally from New Jersey, she has been a Londoner for nearly two decades. In 1995, she co-founded the legendary Olivier award-winning Duckie club night and collective. Unhappy Birthday is her fourth one woman show, and marks a new direction for her performance style.

Unhappy Birthday is directed by performance artist Scottee, founder and director of Eat Your Heart Out collective, and Duckie associate artist. Unhappy Birthday marks his directorial debut outside his own collective.

Tickets: £10, £8 concessions – available from the box office on 08444 77 1000 or online at

Time: Tuesday to Saturday at 7.30pm.

Unhappy Birthday will also tour to Manchester, Brighton, Birmingham, Colchester and Norwich.