Catherine Hoffmann

Free Lunch With The Stench Wench

Presented by Word of Warning, The Guinness Partnership during Domestic II

In Brief

A new solo show exploring the personal and shared experiences of growing up as one of the ‘feral underclass’ in relation to today’s ‘Austerity Britain’. Fleas, cheap clothes, thrifty bread, cold baths, and debauched disadvantaged dancing will be investigated as I chart the drive for survival and fitting in.

Stories and songs about how to get by and make do will be shared whilst I attempt to overcome the shame of bareness and celebrate our spirit of community and hope.

Venue + Booking Details, for Domestic II

(Dates: Friday 25 September 2015, 7.30pm)
Venue: Matthias Court, off Cannon Street, Salford, M3 6JD — a 7 minute walk from Chapel Street / Salford Cathedral, a 13 minute walk to Salford Central Railway Station, and a 20 minute walk to Opera House on Quay Street.
Tickets: Evening Performances can be booked online via We Got Tickets (10% booking fee applies) OR reserved over the phone 07581 299 439 (leave a message + we’ll get back to you); remaining tickets will be available at Matthias Court (cash only) just before the performances.

Access Information

As a sited event, Domestic II presents a number of access challenges please see front page for details.
Age advisory: 14+ For specific age and access information please email or call 07581 299 439.


This is a new development — following on from the first showings at the Bristol Art Gallery and Museum May 2015 for the Bad Taste of the Town event and at Invention Festival at Stanley Halls.

Who is she?

Catherine Hoffmann explores the intersection between performance art, theatre, comedy and music. She combines texts, visuals and extended use of the voice in a number of solo and collaborative projects.

Described as an elemental weather system, she creates a mixture of interactive one to one performances as well as staged pieces. She toys with personas and atmospheres that expose vulnerability, power and assumptions about identity and performance itself. She is concerned with exposing psychological fragility and personal rituals to address complex issues relating to who we are and the constraints in our contemporary lives with absurd humour playing an important role.

Recently she has made work for The Festival of Love at The Southbank, Latitude, In Between Time, Sprint festival at CPT, The National Portrait Gallery, markets, buses, gardens, fields, bars and boxes in the UK and Europe. In October 2015 she will be performing in Love Letters to a (post) Europe in BIOS, Athens. She presents work with Home Live Art, and performs with Dickie Beau as part of The House of Strange Loops and with Lundahl and Seitl. Her video TRAMP part of Molly and Me was selected for the Re.act Feminism 2 archive tour of European galleries in 2014-15.

What people have said about her

Catherine Hoffmann, is such a commanding presence…Her voice is full and gorgeous, the more bestial and primal her performance becomes, the more thrillingly alive the work feels…
This Is Cabaret
Lovely… Hoffmann’s work evokes the joy of effacing oneself; of escaping the self into something bigger and more lasting than all of us.
Time Out

Websites | @CathHoffmann

Domestic II

Thurday 24 — Saturday 26 September 2015
at Matthias Court, M3 6JD [on Google Maps]
Thu 24 Sep, 7.30pm. £5, booking essential
Fri 25 Sep, 7pm + 10pm. £3 (both sold-out)
Fri 25 Sep, 7.30pm. £5 (sold-out)
Sat 26 Sep, 12noon-5pm. FREE, no need to book
Sat 26 Sep, 7.30pm. £5, low availability