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. However, his biggest challenge comes when he enters a male gym changing room for the first time and is confronted by masculinity in all its forms – the good, the bad and the ugly. What kind of man will he be when he finishes changing? 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, they explore the epic path that we all have to take when trying to forge an identity.
What kind of ‘man’ are you?
Winner of the best theatre show award at the Pleasance 2017 & nominated for the Peter Brook Empty Space Award 2017
“Multi-layered and gripping physical theatre piece.” – Lyn Gardner
Rhum and Clay Theatre Company is an ensemble that shares stories in mischievous and surprising ways: original shows that are inventive, ramshackle and cinematic.
They formed the company at l’Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris, where they learnt their craft. They would also spend long hours into the night drinking rhum and making masks out of clay. It was these happy memories that inspired the name under which the company perform.
Alongside creating theatre productions, they collaborate with young people and the next generation of theatre makers through their popular workshop programme
Rhum and Clay are an associate ensemble of New Diorama Theatre, Redbridge Drama Centre and The Bike Shed Theatre.
Kit Redstone is a London based writer, director and performer of playfully bombastic theatre. He is one of the creative directors of Vacuum Theatre – a cross-disciplinary troupe making cutting edge meta-theatrical work. He also works freelance and collaborates as a writer and director with other companies and practitioners around the world. As a transgender man, Kit is particularly interested in the performance of gender and who we are versus what we want to be. Kit balances absurdist comedy with heart-felt explorations into what it means to be human. Kit believes that art can be a major force in social change.
Most recently he has written ‘TESTOSTERONE’ with Rhum and Clay Theatre Company and ‘The Word Was God’ which was a commission from Schauspielhaus Graz which returned to the theatre by demand in May 2017 after an initial sell-out run. He is currently dramaturg for ‘Skin’ by award winning Dance Company 201.
This multi-layered and gripping physical theatre piece is much more than what Redstone wickedly satirises as another story about “brave little trans soldiers”
★★★★★ A daring, funny, brilliant play
★★★★★ A striking piece of theatre that is as entertaining as it is insightful
A really impressive and important piece of work
★★★★ This is a strong and important production that’s also highly entertaining
★★★★★ Playful, energetic physical style... this personal story is a heroic exercise in theatre
★★★★★ Showcases voices rarely heard on stage.
★★★★★ Awe inspiring...gives us a terrific understanding of the process of self-realisation, carried out before our eyes.
★★★★★ Makes you stop, think and question.
★★★★ Quite probably one of the best shows you will see at this year's Fringe
★★★★ This is a show for our time… and about time.
★★★★ With Testosterone, Rhum and Clay have proven themselves to be one of the most exciting and engaging theatre companies currently working in Britain.