Up Your Ass

Lieselot Siddiki & Nona Demey Gallagher
Up Your Ass © Helena Verheye

Nona Demey Gallagher & Lieselot Siddiki present Up Your Ass, Valerie Solanas’ infamous 1965 comedy. The text has had a controversial status in the feminist (queer) community for years, but is now seeing the European theatre light for the first time.

New York, the Sixties. Main character Bongi Perez – a substitute for Solanas herself – is a crude hustler and sex worker. She hangs out on the streets with quite a few eccentric characters, where she fills her days with vulgar discourses, clapping and wooing female passers-by. When she meets Ginger and Russel – a daddy’s girl and a male narcissist – a chain of absurd (anti-)intellectual discussions about the state of society immediately ensues. Bongi, Ginger and Russel shamelessly spit their beliefs at each other – resulting in unthinkable and grotesque situations. 

Valerie Solanas is best known today for her attack on Andy Warhol, but her literary legacy includes important radical-feminist works, such as SCUM Manifesto and Up Your Ass. After Andy Warhol refused to produce Up Your Ass, Solanas tried to shoot him. Nona and Lieselot got in close contact with Solanas’ last living relative and were the first and only ones to get permission to perform Up Your Ass.

Performers Sophia Bauer, Bavo Buys, Lucie Plasschaert and Lucas Van Der Vegt fulminate Solanas’ words from the 1960s to a rhythm that, at times, is quite similar to today’s.

"Up Your Ass is a rollercoaster, deliciously exaggerated, rock 'n roll, in your face. Fasten your seatbelts and discover genuine acting talent" – Juryquote



Nona Demey Gallagher & Lieselot Siddiki met within the interdisciplinary collective ZUIDPARK where they collaborated on the performance The Importance of Being Flemish (2020). After a second collaboration for Nachtzwemmen (2021) by Lieselot Siddiki & Jarne Van Loon, they are directing together for the first time for Up Your Ass. In doing so, they take on the aesthetics of the 1960s, while pushing the boundaries of good taste and morals.

Media content
Sun 8 Sep 24     17u00
Mon 9 Sep 24     20u30

by Nona Demey Gallagher & Lieselot Siddiki with Sophia Bauer, Bavo Buys, Lucie Plasschaert & Lucas Van Der Vegt direction Nona Demey Gallagher scenography Eva Demulder & Lieselot Siddiki text Valerie Solanas text adaptation Nona Demey Gallagher translation Benjamin De Roover music Bart Demey & Tania Gallagher (Nid & Sancy) jailbait Nona Demey Gallagher & Lieselot Siddiki technical Kato Stevens & Margy Regniers, & Tim Thielemans costume design Lieselot Siddiki & Feiran Zhang outside eye Rodrigo Batista wigs Tibau Beirnaert production management Jarne Van Loon executive producer detheatermaker coproduction CAMPO, Kunstenwerkplaats vzw, De Grote Post, C-Mine, De Studio with support of Café VenTura, Sabam for Culture & de Vlaamse Overheid thanks to Gouvernement, Jarne Van Loon, Karen L.B. & Nelleke Janssen


language English surtitles Dutch

duration 90'

trigger warning the performance contains nudity / sexual acts / verbal & physical aggression / mysoginia / weapons / blood 



Sat 4 May 24     20u00
De Studio
Sun 5 May 24     20u00
De Studio