- Lorna Irvine
- 17 August 2015
This article is from 2015
Verbatim theatre production is an unflinching look at transgender women
Paul Lucas' unflinching, compassionate play is based on six trans women, all from different backgrounds. Using verbatim stories, the cast, cisgender and trans themselves, tackle a panoply of voices from the global community.
Travelling from classroom to nightclub, via the surgery for gender reassignment, myths are dispelled. They claim Stonewall's cause was co-opted by white gay men, and sexual preference isn't fixed. After all, the truth is as complex as each individual's testimony.
Everyone is superb, particularly the serene Bianca Leigh as Tatiana, Calpernia Addams as Sandra and Rebecca Root as damaged Eden, whose parental issues causes eruptions of unfocused fury. It's also hilarious and riotous, with lip-synching, bawdy jokes and the opportunity for some audience members to feel how authentic her breasts are.
Ultimately, emerging from stories of 'treatment systems', beatings, day-to-day verbal and physical abuse is a triumphant, undeterred spirit. It's just a little long – a small edit would give it more punch – but a really insightful and often beautiful journey into misunderstood, marginalised lives.
Pleasance Courtyard, 556 6550, until 31 Aug, 3pm, £7.50–£10 (£6.50–£9).