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Rhum and Clay Theatre Company and Kit
Redstone present Testosterone
3 May 2018 – Arts Centre Washington
4 May 2018 – The Witham, Barnard Castle
5 May 2018 - Bishop Auckland Town Hall
Award-winning physical theatre company Rhum and Clay head to the
North East soon after a critically acclaimed and award winning run at the
Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August 2017, where they were presented as part of
the British Council Showcase, with their game-changing show Testosteronecreated as an exciting collaboration with
darkly comic transgender theatre writer and director Kit Redstone.
What does it mean to be a man or a woman?
Is gender innate or is it nurtured?
Kit is in an amusing and unique position, having transitioned
from female to male in his early thirties, he has experienced adult life on
both sides of the gender fence, giving him the opportunity to notice what
differences there are in how he is treated by society - what he gains and what
he loses by becoming a man. He is also able to choose exactly what kind of man
he wants to be without the usual influences of a gendered upbringing. With this
refreshingly honest and irreverent physical theatre comedy by critically
acclaimed company Rhum and Clay and darkly comic theatre writer and director
Kit Redstone, Testosterone explores the sometimes toxic world of men and looks
at the benefits and restraints Kit has observed whilst becoming a man.
What kind of 'man' are you?
Multi-layered and gripping physical theatre piece is much more
than what Redstone wickedly satirises as another story about “brave little
trans soldiers” which reminds us that transitioning is a beginning not an
ending. - Lyn Gardner
Photo: Luke Forsythe
Part of the 2017 British Council Edinburgh Showcase this show
combines storytelling, comedy and physical theatre – with the powerful writing
and true story of transgender performer Kit Redstone – Testosterone offers an
intimate, life-enhancing glimpse into Kit's unique perspective on life, love
and laughs. It also tells a powerful story about gender itself, charting Kit's
own experiences as a new man stepping for the first time into the world of
The show's also sets a new benchmark in accessible theatre and
inspiring others to take up the cause. At the forefront of the UK's transgender
theatre movement, Kit's work is leading the way towards making more inclusive
and respectful theatre.
For Rhum and Clay this show follows Edinburgh smash-hit 64
Squares, which received wide critical acclaim. They have also presented Hardboiled,
The Man in the Moone and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. Lyn Gardner
recently described how the company ‘Rhum
and Clay have come of age’ and Broadway Baby says 'With Testosterone, Rhum and Clay have proven themselves to be one of
the most exciting and engaging theatre companies currently working in Britain.'