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Big Girl’s Blouse

June 22, 2016 - June 25, 2016

Heath Big Girls Blouse event 710 x 400

Costumes by Katharine Heath
Created by Kate O’Donnell

Big Girl’s Blouse is a one-woman show written and performed by Kate O’Donnell with Mark Whitelaw. The show ends its current tour with a short run at London’s Soho Theatre in June 2016.

WINNER: Brighton Fringe LGBTQ Award 2015
WINNER: Be Proud Special Achievement Award 2015
WINNER: LGBT Foundation Heroes Role Model of the Year 2015

Who knew what being transgender was in the 1970s? Not Kate’s family. To be fair, crispy pancakes had only just landed in the Midlands so she had her work cut out.

The path to becoming a woman doesn’t always run smooth and with a lifetime of coming out, Kate has had to use every trick — theatrical and otherwise — to get by.

Big Girl’s Blouse sees Kate make a song and dance about her life using humour, music and costume to tell her story.

Created in collaboration with Olivier Award-winning director Mark Whitelaw.

Big Girl’s Blouse is commissioned by Contact. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Supported by the Wellcome Collection as part of the Sexology Season.

‘A Manchester Legend’ – Timeout

‘Big Girl’s blouse is a transfusion of hope, love and joy. Kate’s story fills all our hearts. One size fits all’ – Stacy Makishi.

‘Kate’s Show is about LOVE, DO NOT ATTEND IF YOU CAN’T LOVE’ – David Hoyle.

‘This was a truly humbling performance. How to turn a room of most strangers into a family – in an hour. I’m still laughing, still moved but mostly I’m impressed. Tight, elegant and fearless – just like Kate.’ – Rachel Morris, Sex Psychotherapist for Cosmopolitan Magazine.

‘Kate O’Donnell’s new show is a funny, heart-warming and gently political take on growing up different from the people around you. It’s also a guilty pleasure for anyone who grew up in 70s and 80s Britain.’ – Matt Fenton, Artistic Director, Contact


Soho Theatre
Dean Street
London, W1D 3NE United Kingdom
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020 7478 0100

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