The Butch Monologues
“Succeeds in making us all feel loved.” Lois Weaver, Split Britches
TOURING THIS AUTUMN
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 Vital Xposure, hotpencil press: an independent publishing house co-founded by the writer, Laura Bridgeman, and The Drakes.
Photograph by Christa Holka
“An excellent piece of theatre and more than that it’s a very tangible vehicle for social change.”
Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank
Watch out for the launch of The Butch Monologues publication 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 co-written with Charles Lambert (BBC Radio 4), and How Was The Party? about her mother’s experience of Alzheimer’s.
Vital Xposure’s Artistic Director Julie McNamara’s work is an appeal for social justice, shedding light on unheard voices from the margins of our communities.
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.
Photograph by Kai Fiáin
Theatre Royal Stratford East
8 November – 19.30
9 & 10 November – 19.30
9 November: chaired by Meg-John Barker, author, academic and psychotherapist
10 November: chaired by Sabah Choudrey, Queer, Pakistani activist and writer
All other dates £12 / £10 concession
Advance Audio Description available at every performance
For advanced audio description please arrive at the venue early and ask an usher
BSL interpretation available on
9 November (Gerry’s Studio, London) Interpreter: Russell Aldersson
11 November (Homotophia, Liverpool) Interpreter: Clare Edwards
15 November (The Marlborough Theatre, Brighton) Interpreter: Russell Aldersson
24 November (Soho Theatre, London) Interpreter: Russell Aldersson
Wheelchair access available at all venues
The Butch Monologues is presented by Vital Xposure, hotpencil press and The Drakes