Physical-theatre comedy exploring what it means to be a man?

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

1hr 00m
The Vaults
28 Feb 20:25
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About the company

Rhum and Clay Theatre Company & Kit Redstone

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.

Artistic Team
Kit Redstone
Julian Spooner
Movement Direction
Matthew Wells
Associate Direction
Douglas Donaldson
Additional Devising
Christopher Harrison
Jolie Booth
Production Designer
Alberta Jones
Lighting & Sound Design
Geoff Hense
Technical Operator
Jolie Booth
Associate Producer
Alex Lui
Publicity Designer
Alberta Jones
Scientific Advisors
Dr. Ed Roberts & Claire Euler
Developed in Association with...
New Diorama Theatre & Redbridge Drama Centre
Additional Support Provided by
St. James Theatre
Presented as Part of the
British Council Showcase 2017 & ACE Funded

Press & Reviews

Winner of The Indies Best Theatre, Family, Musical or Dance Show at the Pleasance, Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017
Shortlisted for the Peter Brook 'Empty Space' Award 2017
Lynn Gardner

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 Younger Theatre

★★★★★ A daring, funny, brilliant play

Reviews Hub

★★★★★ A striking piece of theatre that is as entertaining as it is insightful

Total Theatre

A really impressive and important piece of work

British Theatre Guide

★★★★ This is a strong and important production that’s also highly entertaining

Edinburgh Guide

★★★★★ Playful, energetic physical style... this personal story is a heroic exercise in theatre

West End Wilma

★★★★★ Showcases voices rarely heard on stage.

Culture Whisper

★★★★★ Awe inspiring...gives us a terrific understanding of the process of self-realisation, carried out before our eyes.

London Theatre

★★★★★ Makes you stop, think and question.

The Quotidian Times

★★★★ Quite probably one of the best shows you will see at this year's Fringe

To Do List

★★★★ This is a show for our time… and about time.

Broadway Baby

★★★★ With Testosterone, Rhum and Clay have proven themselves to be one of the most exciting and engaging theatre companies currently working in Britain.