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Brighton Journal | July 16, 2019

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Testosterone – Theatre Show Exploring Gender at The Old Market

Testosterone – Theatre Show Exploring Gender at The Old Market
Hannah Midgley

‘What does it mean to be a man or a woman? Is gender innate or is it nurtured?’ This strikingly relevant and immersive physical theatre comedy by critically acclaimed company Rhum and Clay eplores the path through which we all attempt to forge our gender identity.

Having transitioned from female to male in his early thirties, Kit (the protagonist) has observed life on both sides of the gender spectrum, allowing him to notice what differences there are in his treatment by society – his gains and losses in becoming a man. Rhum and Clay’s Testosterone explores what it means to be a man and how the masculine identity must be fought for and asserted.

The play’s writer Kit Redstone was 33 when he transitioned, and the piece draws on his own autobiographical experiences. The story is based around the protagonist’s first experience in a male gym changing room at the age of 33, and this coming of age quest to find his masculine identity in a brutal, ego-driven environment.

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London based Rhum and Clay have been tipped as an up and coming theatre company with serious potential. They have already put on a number of shows including A Strange Wild Song, The Man In The Moone, and The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Testosterone has received praise across the board. The piece won the best theatre show at the Pleasance 2017 and was nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award 2017.

The audience will be given a chance to find out more in a Q and A with the cast after the show. They will discuss how they found working together and how the show grew from their own experiences of masculinity in the rehearsal room. This piece is particularly potent today whilst trans stories still remain relatively unknown, and since tickets start at only £10, its definitely worth a watch.

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“Multi-layered and gripping physical theatre piece” Lyn Gardner

“a daring, funny, brilliant play” ★★★★★ A Younger Theatre

“a striking piece of theatre that is as entertaining as it is insightful” ★★★★★ Reviews Hub

“a really impressive and important piece of work.” – Total Theatre

“This is a strong and important production that’s also highly entertaining.” ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

“Playful, energetic physical style… this personal story is a heroic exercise in theatre.” ★★★★★ Edinburgh Guide

The Old Market, 11a Upper Market Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AS

The show is playing from January 5th – July 7th 2018, tickets are available here. 

Doors open at 6:15pm – show starts at 7:30pm

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