The Marlowe
Vanessa Kisuule's


Exploring our obsession with what is sexy through comedy, spoken word, dance and various states of undress.

Oi, you. Sentient flesh owner.
Do you think you’re sexy?
What do you find sexy?
What does sexy even mean?

As a young woman who loves poetry, smashing the patriarchy and a well-timed slut drop, this has been a question that has plagued Vanessa her whole life.

Sexy uses truthful wit and clever verse to explore our conflicted relationship with our bodies and sexiness.

Vanessa Kisuule is a writer, performer, burlesque artist and general empress of blag, based in Bristol. She has won several slam titles including the Hammer And Tongue National Slam and Roundhouse Poetry Slam. She has performed at an array of festivals, including Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party and has been invited to support the likes of Linton Kwesi Johnson, Kate Tempest, Dizraeli and David J. You may have seen her ‘alter ego’ Shonda Rhymes smashing the patriarchy through the world of battle rap league Don’t Flop.

Supported by

Arts Council England, Camden People’s Theatre and Bristol Old Vic Ferment.