The Butch Monologues

Succeeds in making us all feel loved.” Lois Weaver, Split Britches


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.

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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.

Five butches, masculine-presenting gender rebels, fabulously suited and booted. Their bodies face the camera while they talk facing each other.

Photograph by Kai Fiáin


Gerry’s Studio
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

10 November:

Preview £10
All other dates £12 / £10 concession

9 November

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Unity 2, Unity Theatre, Liverpool

11 November – 21.30 Performance
with post-show discussion 

£10 / £8 concession


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The Marlborough Theatre 

at Friends Meeting House, Brighton

15 November – 19.30

Chaired by Aitch Howitt, sexuality educator; consultant at Escape the Binary

 £14 / £12 concession
(there is also a small allocation of Pay-What-You-Can tickets)


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Soho Studio

Soho Theatre, London

21,22,23,24,25 November – 19.00

 from £12.50*


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*Ticket prices for this show are subject to change as the theatre fills, so if you can book early and be flexible with your dates you’ll be guaranteed to bag yourself seats at the best price.



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

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Supported with funding from Arts Council England.


For further information or to enquire about a booking please send us a message using our online enquiry form. Alternatively, drop us an email or give us a call on 020 8123 9945.