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Laura Bridgeman, Julie McNamara and The Drakes presents

The Butch Monologues

  • Wednesday 15 November 7:30pm

Friends Meeting House, Ship St, Brighton BN1 1AF

60 mins

£14/£12 concessions

A powerful and humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire, taken from interviews with butches, masculine women and gender rebels living worldwide.

The Butch Monologues brings together a collaboration between hotpencil press: an independent publishing house co-founded by the writer, Laura Bridgeman; Vital Xposure, a dynamic touring theatre company under the creative leadership of disabled artist, Julie McNamara; and The Drakes, a group of butches, transmen and gender rebels who joined together in the spirit of masculine solidarity.

The publication of The Butch Monologues will be launched in Autumn 2017.

Laura Bridgeman writes for the theatre and BBC Radio 4. Previous work includes: The (Trans) Mangina Monologues (directed by Lois Weaver), Caterpillars and Dogfood Diary cowritten with Charles Lambert (BBC Radio 4), and How Was The Party? about her mother’s experience of Alzheimer’s.

Julie McNamara’s work is an appeal for social justice, shedding light on unheard voices from the margins of our community. Her recent work: Let Me Stay – an award winning production created with the playwright’s mother. A joyous celebration of living life to the full with Alzheimer’s. Julie’s other productions include: The Knitting Circle and Hold The Hearse.

The Drakes are a private members’ group formed in 2012. They came together to promote female masculinity and butch pride. They run their own parties and strut their stuff on the stage and are currently involved in a number of creative projects.

Succeeds in making us all feel loved.

Lois Weaver, Split Britches

An excellent piece of theatre and more than that it’s a very tangible vehicle for social change.”

Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank.

Photograph by Kai Fi’ain

This performance will be BSL interpreted and Audio Described. 

If you have a Companion/PA then they can accompany you for free, please send an email to to arrange a ticket, and let us know if you have any further access requirements. Ear plugs are available upon request.

NB. There are a limited number of ‘Pay What You Can’ tickets for those who experience financial barriers to accessing full price or concession tickets. We trust for this to be used at your discretion, if you can pay the full price, please do!

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