The Butch Monologues on tour

London theatre news: Wednesday 11 October 2017

Gay - Off-West End - Tours

Butches, masculine women and gender rebels share their powerful and human collection of secret stories celebrating vulnerability and desire - coming to Theatre Royal Stratford and Soho theatre in November.
The Butch Monologues at Theatre Royal Stratford East

Image: The Drakes

The Butch Monologues will be touring this November and in London will be landing at Theatre Royal Stratford East and Soho Theatre (see below for all tour venues and dates).

The show is a powerful and often humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire taken from interviews with butches, masculine women, gender rebels and transmen, living world-wide.

It is performed by The Drakes and written by Laura Bridgeman with direction by Julie McNamara.

The show 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.

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.

Julie McNamara's work is an appeal for social justice, shedding light on unheard voices from the margins of our communities.

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 McNamara'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 were recently featured on Gluck - Who Did She Think He Was? (BBC 4).

The book launch for The Butch Monologues will be 9pm, 9th November at Gerry's Stratford.


The Drakes


Writer: Laura Bridgeman, [hotpencil> press

Director: Julie McNamara, Vital Xposure

Tour venues & dates

Gerry's Studio, Theatre Royal Stratford East: November 8th - 10th, 7-30pm

Unity Theatre, Homotopia, Liverpool: November 11th, 9-30pm

Friends Meeting House, Pink Fringe, Brighton: November 15th, 7-30pm

Soho Theatre, London: November 21st - 25th, 7pm


Check venue for details


Theatre Royal Stratford East

Unity Theatre

Soho Theatre

The Butch Monologues - website

Hotpencil Press

ActDrop listing for The Butch Monologues:

- Theatre Royal Statford East

- Soho Theatre

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