Show about selling used underwear is coming to Preston

Posted on - 22nd November, 2018 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Arts, City Centre, Preston City Centre, Preston News, What's On in Preston
Garry performing Worn
Garry Cook performing Worn

A show about the secret world of buying and selling used underwear on eBay is coming to the Stanley Arms.


Garry Cook’s Worn explores themes of sexual fetishism and shame. It promises to give an insight into other people’s lives, while forcing the audience to reflect on their own attitudes to sex, society and the British media.

Using video, images, actual worn garments and email conversations, Cook exposes a world of fetishism hidden in British culture. The show, which has been described as shocking, brutal and hilariously outrageous, has already been a hit at various festivals.

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Cook said: “Worn is a lecture performance using video, photographic images detailing conversations between eBay sellers of worn clothing – usually tights, sometimes sweaty socks – and the people who buy them. This is a secretive trade not strictly permitted under eBay selling policy, but it exists and thrives with a high repeat-purchase fetish customer base.

“I consider this show to be one of my best pieces of work – both in performance and photography – because it takes a shocking social issue and forces the viewer to question how they perceive a sexual fetish. There is a big sense of shame in society surrounding sex and fetishisms and this show questions if that feeling of shame is right.

“The show captivates and engages audiences from start to finish. At times it makes you squirm but it is also hilariously funny – at least that’s what the audiences tell me. And there is a big twist at the end which points a finger at the integrity of the British media.”

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Worn will be performed upstairs at the Stanley Arms on Monday 26 November. Doors open at 7pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are £5 on the door or available at The show is suitable for ages 16+.

Will you be going to see Worn? Let us know in the comments below.

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