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Smoke Weed, Eat Pussy Everyday by Chloë Florence


What is it?

Smoke Weed, Eat Pussy Everyday is an insight into the life of a girl who likes to party. She’s queer, very proud, and a lot of fun. Her secret, well concealed by shoplifted make-up, is that she is homeless.

Chloë Florence is a performer, a spoken word artist and activist, who can move around seamlessly in gentrifying Dalston. You won’t be able to tell at first glance, yet this is her lived experience, and you really need to hear it.


What is it all about?

It covers a host of issues that impact the young queer, homeless community from drug addiction and isolation to the lack of help available from charities.

Just to put things into perspective LGBTQ+ people represent around a quarter of the UK’s youth homeless population (16-25). Over half of them have experienced violence from their families. These stats are recent. So, it is 2020, and in London, a city which we say is ‘open’, many young people don’t have a place to call home because of their gender identity or sexuality.


How did it make me feel?

I went in with limited expectations, not really knowing what to expect from a one-person show, but I was very impressed. The audience entered to a stage with a girl lying on a graffitied mattress, which it turns out is Chloë’s own hostel matress. The rave references and the snapshot stories make the performance feel a bit of an out-of-body (rave-like) experience at first. However, as the show goes on, there’s a turn. You’re taken three years earlier and you see the world through the eyes of a vulnerable and isolated young adult in a train station. She sees everyone rushing around with their coffees, but no one speaks to her…

The focus was never really meant to be on Chloë, it was always us. All of us, the audience, the city, the country, the world. Chloë’s ability as a performance artist was evident not just through her spoken word style language, but the message she gave us through her expressive movement. We’re taken through the impossible bureaucratic process of trying to get a roof over your head when you’re homeless, and that is even when you are a vulnerable, young woman. As the audience we feel angry at the situation, and we want to rage against it.

Then, most poignantly, in the end we’re reminded that we are culpable. We live in a society that ignores homeless people (and increasingly so- since 2010 there has been a 165% increase in rough sleepers). We live in a society that casts aside talented homeless people every day, and is being designed to penalise them further as we speak. Chloë is smart and bold enough to tell us that story, but she shouldn’t need to.

It’s a modern An Inspector Calls type condemnation, which reminds us that we are indeed one body. As we were told at the end of the performance… f**ck every one of us for letting this happen.


Anything else?

Everyone should follow Chloë Florence on Instagram so that they can keep up with what she does next. Also check out the charity Stonewall Housing, and support the cause.





Smoke Weed, Eat Pussy Everyday took place at The Camden People’s Theatre between the 20th-23rd January 2020.

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