Big Girl’s Blouse: Written and performed by Kate O’Donnell
Touring from 18 September to Spring 2016 (various venues and times)
Winner of Brighton Fringe LGBTQ Award – 2015
Created with Olivier Award Winning Director Mark Whitelaw
Making a song and dance about her life, and using theatrical tricks, transgender artist Kate tells her story of growing up in the 1970s.
“A Manchester Legend” – Timeout
“Furiously funny” – Sunday Times, Style Magazine
“DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU CAN’T LOVE” – David Hoyle, Artist
“Tight, elegant and fearless” – Rachel Morris, Sex Psychotherapist Cosmopolitan
Who knew what being transgender was in the 1970s? Not Kate’s family. To be fair, crispy pancakes had only just landed in the Midlands so she had her work cut out. The path to becoming a woman doesn’t always run smooth and with a lifetime of coming out, Kate has had to use every trick — theatrical and otherwise — to get by. Big Girl’s Blouse sees Kate make a song and dance about her life using humour, music and costume to tell her story.
Kate O’Donnell is a queer theatre artist and campaigner. She creates entertaining, gently political performances, which show pride and strength in being a transgender woman. Her work celebrates theatricality- through humour, song, movement, film and costume. In 1990’s Kate became a part of the alternative cabaret scene; creating theatre and film for Queer Up North, danced for artists such as Boy George and regularly performed and presented on television shows: The Girlie Show, Sunday Show and Granada TV. Kate is a model for Born – Manchester based make-up and styling studio specialising in trans beauty & is the patron of Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus.
On the show Matt Fenton, Artistic Director, Contact said: “Kate O’Donnell’s new show is a funny, heart-warming and gently political take on growing up different from the people around you. It’s also a guilty pleasure for anyone who grew up in 70s and 80s Britain.”
Social Media Campaign: Kate O’Donnell invites audiences to #StandByYourTrans. When we stand together we can do incredible things. Kate’s twitter campaign encourages members of the public show their solidarity and support for the transgender community by telling the world to #StandByYourTrans. The transgender community can often be misunderstood, isolated and threatened by society. Using the hashtag: #StandByYourTrans Kate wants to raise awareness and visibility about trans people and breakdown some of the barriers and stereotypes that exist.
Big Girl’s Blouse is commissioned by Contact. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Big Girl’s Blouse was commissioned with support by the Wellcome Collection as part of the Sexology Season.
4 Feb (Thu)Harrogate Theatre
Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF
Time TBC | harrogatetheatre.co.uk | 01423 502 116 | £12 (£10)
5 & 6 Feb (Fri-Sat)Northern Stage – Newcastle
Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 7RH
Time TBC | northernstage.co.uk | 0191 230 5151 | Price TBC
25 Feb (Thu) New Wolsey Studio – Ipswich
New Wolsey Studio, St. Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF
7:45pm | wolseytheatre.co.uk | 01473 295900 | Tickets from £5
11 & 12 Mar (Fri-Sat)Warwick Arts Centre – Coventry
Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
Time TBC | warwickartscentre.co.uk | 024 7652 4524 | Price TBC
13 & 14 May (Fri-Sat) Contact – Manchester
Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
8pm | contactmcr.com | 0161 274 0600 | £15 (£10)
Part of Flying Solo Festival 2016
Further national tour dates to be announced: Spring 2016.