Alice wants to come out as a lesbian. Her girlfriend wants to start living as a man. It’s New Year in Rotterdam and Alice has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend reveals that he has always identified as a man and now wants to start living as one. Now Alice must face a question she never thought she’d ask… does this mean she’s straight?
Following a highly successful run last autumn at Theatre503, Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam now transfers to Trafalgar Studios.
Rotterdam is a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home by acclaimed writer Jon Brittain, the co-creator of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho, and writer of The Sexual Awakening of Peter Mayo and What Would Spock Do?
Director Donnacadh O’Briain said of the show:
“There’s something really special about this play, and about the cast who brought it to life. Audiences were incredibly taken with it. I’ve rarely seen a reception like we had at Theatre503. We were entirely sold out a day or two after press night so it’s fantastic to be able to bring it back to a wider audience. I think it’s a must see and I’m not biased at all”.
Jon Brittain was inspired to write Rotterdam after a couple of his friends transitioned in the late 2000s. He became aware of the absence of transgender stories in pop culture and wanted to address this on the stage.
Rotterdam is presented in association with Theatre503 and opens on Tuesday 26th July.
Trafalgar Studios, 14 Whitehall, London SW1A 2DY Tuesday 26th July – Saturday 27th August 2016