2015

Big Girl's Blouse

Presented by Kate O'Donnell and Contact

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.

PRAISE FOR KATE O'DONNELL

'A Manchester Legend' - Time Out Manchester
'Furiously funny loud and proud trans woman making waves' The Sunday Times, Style Magazine
'Big Girl's Blouse is a transfusion of hope, love and joy. Kate's story fills all our hearts. One size fits all' Stacy Makishi
'DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU CAN'T LOVE' - David Hoyle
'Kate O'Donnell's new show is a funny, heart-warming andgently 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.' - Matt Fenton. Artistic Director, Contact

NOTES

Recommended for over 13s. Contains mild adult language and content.
Winner of Brighton Fringe LGBTQ Award 2015.
Created in collaboration with Olivier Award-winning director Mark Whitelaw.
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.

CREATIVE TEAM

Directors/ Collaborators: Mark Whitelaw, Helen Baggett, and Jane Lancaster.  
Musical Director & Production Manager: Jude Jagger 
Stylist and Costume Design: Grace Oni Smith 
Costume Maker: Katie Duxbury
Lighting Design: Jack Dale
Print Design, Video & Photography: Lee Baxter 
Producer: Jenny Gaskell

TOUR DATES

Wed 11 and Thu 12 Feb, 9pm. 
UK PREMIERE
Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester M15 6JA
£10/6 - 0161 274 0600  
contactmcr.com

Fri 8, Sat 9 and Sun 10 May, 6pm.
The Malborough Theatre, 4 Princes Street, Brighton BN2 1RD
£9/7 - 01273 91 72 72
boxoffice.brightonfringe.org/theatre/9334/big-girl-s-blouse

Sun 14 Jun, 5pm.
Slung Low's HUB, 67-71 Bath Road, Holbeck, Leeds LS11 9UA
Pay what you decide - boxoffice@slunglow.org  
slunglow.org

Fri 18 Sept 2015, 8pm.
The Dukes, Moor Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1QE
£13 (£11) - 01524 598500
dukes-lancaster.org/events/event/big-girls-blouse
 
Sat 26 Sept 2015, 8pm.
Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LB
Sat 26 Sept 2015, 8pm
£12 (£10) - 01482 323638
hulltruck.co.uk/whats-on?action=view&id=932
 
Fri 23 Oct 2015, 7:45pm.
Cast, Waterdale, Doncaster, DN1 3BU
£10.50 (£8.50)* - 01302 303 959
castindoncaster.com
*includes 50p per ticket booking fee, not charged if paying by cash
 
Sat 7 Nov 2015, 7:30pm.
Homotopia – Unity Theatre, 1 Hope Place, Liverpool, L1 9BG
£12 (£10) - 0151 709 4988
unitytheatreliverpool.co.uk/whats-on/big-girls-blouse.html

Fri 20 Nov 2015, 8pm.
Croydonites – Croydon
Stanley Halls, South Norwood Hill, London SE25
croydonites.com

Thu 4 Feb 2016.
Harrogate Theatre, Oxford Street, Harrogate, HG1 1QF
£12 (£10) - 01423 502 116
harrogatetheatre.co.uk

Fri 5 & Sat 6 Feb 2016.
Northern Stage, Barras Bridge, Newcastle, NE1 7RH
0191 230 5151
northernstage.co.uk

Thu 25 Feb 2016, 7.45pm.
New Wolsey Studio, St. Georges Street, Ipswich, IP1 3NF
Tickets from £5 - 01473 295900
wolseytheatre.co.uk

Fri 11 & Sat 12 Mar 2016.
Warwick Arts Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL
024 7652 4524
warwickartscentre.co.uk

Fri 13 & Sat 14 May 2016, 8pm.
Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA
£15 (£10) - 0161 274 0600
contactmcr.com/kateodonnell
Part of Flying Solo Festival 2016.

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