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Through singing, dancing, and f*cking around in crap drag, Ell and Mary write a love letter to masculinity.

A rugby ball’s soft, a hockey stick’s hard, what does that make me?’ – Boy, 12

Hello, we’re Ell and Mary.

We’re ex-girlfriends and bisexuals and we’re a bit bummed out by boys.

Three years ago we interviewed women and trans people aged 11 to 97 for our five-star sell-out show HOTTER. We didn’t interview men. We just didn’t want to. Because men are trash, right?

Wrong. Well, sometimes wrong. We asked men, and masculine-presenting people aged 8 to 102 about what makes them hard. This is a show about what we learnt: about strength, fitting in, feeling yourself, and arseholes.

Through singing, dancing, and f*cking around in crap drag, Ell and Mary write a love letter to masculinity which they are forever tearing up and taping back together again.


★ ★ ★ ★

The Guardian

 ‘Hilarious, sincere, sexy and brutal, Fitter is a deep-throated examination of modern masculinity and an athletic lesson in listening’

★ ★ ★ ★

Evening Standard

‘… a dynamic and extremely funny show, which later grows into something more tender and powerful …

…  brilliantly imaginative

… striking emotional authenticity’

★ ★ ★ ★

The Stage

‘It’s a quiet departure from Hotter …. not just in subject matter, but also in terms of tone. Fitter feels like a melancholy, coolly lit sister to that Technicolor show. It does start similarly though: with a dance, choreographed with evident relish by Ted Rogers and performed with rough ebullience by the pair.’ 

★ ★ ★ ★


‘… fierce, funny performers … an entertaining look at how men see themselves and how the rest of the world sees them.’

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


… it celebrates the vulnerability of human life, the joys and fears of the individual, and the experience of coming together to watch two women redefine the male stereotype (and draw beards on each other).

 ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

London Theatre Reviews

‘An absolute gem’

‘Fearless, insightful, and generous actors’

★ ★ ★ ★


‘It is all heart and honesty. They could have stopped the show for a standing ovation right there’

★ ★ ★ ★


‘a beautifully constructed piece of theatre’


This event is part of Queer Contact. Each February, as part of LGBT History Month, Queer Contact’s programming converges in a festival of events – Queer Contact Festival – featuring the best performance, music, spoken word, dance, theatre and visual art with local young people and performers interacting with the best UK and international talent.


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  • Price
    Full Price: £15 | Under 35: £10 | Concessions: £8 | Contact Membership: 25% off
  • Venue

    Contact, Oxford Road, Manchester, M15 6JA

  • Ages
  • Running
Date Time & Place
Wednesday 16 February 7:30pm
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