Slap and Tickle

Liz Aggiss


For the past 40 years, Liz Aggiss has been re(de)fining her brand of performance; blurring the boundaries between high art and popular culture, and making thoughtful, funny, accessible work. From Wembley Arena to black box theatres, Aggiss has provoked and delighted audiences with her dark, ribald, disruptive, interdisciplinary, feminist productions. Challenging form and convention, and framed by extensive contextual research that investigates the personal and historical, her work has a distinctive Expressionist, British Music Hall and Punk aesthetic.

Slap and Tickle - a three-act solo performance - decodes mythologies, platitudes, refrains and old wives’ tales about women, girls and senior citizens; whilst unpicking the invidious nature of language perpetrated to limit female aspirations. Grounded in the social, cultural, historical and personal, Slap and Tickle is a multi-layered feminist soup, wrapped in raucous behaviour, audience wrangling and irreverent humour. Aggiss places herself centre-stage, revising attitudes and undoing expectations on mature female visibility and sexual taboos; whilst lurching relentlessly between spoken word, movement, radio nostalgia, cover versions, costume change and prop manipulation.

In the press

"Pointed and bawdily funny exploration of what it means to refuse to act your age” The Guardian

"Spectacularly devoid of ordinariness or political correctness" Theatre Bubble

Production details

  • Devisor

    Liz Aggiss
  • Number of people on stage

  • Number of people in touring company

  • Freight

    No freight necessary
  • Touring Availability

    From 2018
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    5m x 7m or 7m x 8m
  • Text-based

    Medium (some text with a strong visual/physical element)
  • Also contains:

    Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    ZOO (The Aviary)
  • Production dates

    21-26 AUGUST
  • Production times

  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity




Liz Aggiss is a highly experienced tutor, mentor and speaker. She is Professor Emeritus of Visual Performance at the University of Brighton and holds an Honorary Doctorate from The University of Gothenburg. She can offer Mistress Classes, a choice of practical workshops based around her research and devising methods, post show talks, seminars to accompany the performance, alongside artistic mentoring.

Additional productions

THE ENGLISH CHANNEL, a 60-minute interdisciplinary live solo performance featuring a backdrop of contemporary and archive.