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Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the last American Freak Show!

Careering across America in a ramshackle old school bus, Samantha X and Dylan have started their own show, a motley crew of outsiders who perform as The Lobster Girl, The Half Woman, Dame Demure, and The Elephant Man are resurrecting the dying art of the sideshow. They flaunt their disability – what makes them ‘different’ is also what unites them. 

Disabled people calling themselves freaks and hitting the road to exhibit their deformities tell their stories and entertain a paying audience.  The Last American Freak Show is an evocative, compelling, often funny and personal documentary looking into the world of the disabled and the idea of the sideshow. 

The screening will be preceded by two short films about disability - Elegy for the Elswick Envoy (22 mins) by Nancy Willis and Frida Kahlo’s Corset (9 mins) by Liz Crow.

Midlands Arts Centre is serious about film. We listen to our audiences to ensure you get the cinema experience you want. Duration stated includes trailers and adverts (check individual listings for Q&A details). Please note that we do not admit latecomers after the main feature has started and we have a limited food and drink policy. You can find more information about our cinema refreshments policy here. You can also see more information about Relaxed Screenings here.