The Poetry We Make

Love, loss, Dolly Parton and understanding love beyond gender.

What happens when the person you love announces their gender transition?

When Elliott discovers the love of her life Robin has started to transition to become a woman, her world turns upside down.

With the help of her hero and spirit guide Dolly Parton, Elliott examines the memories of the man she loved – re-imagining what it means to be a woman, and what it means to be in love.

Developed by RADA graduates, writer Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal and director Edwina Strobl, this fresh new work brings together an extraordinary cast of performers including Elena Voce, Mia Hall, Sam Thorpe-Spinks and transgender performer Elijah W. Harris. Nominated for the 2017 Beyond the Fringe Brighton Fringe award and in partnership with StoneCrabs Theatre, supported by Wilton’s Music Hall and the Old Vic New Voices project for outstanding young artists.

‘Fervently amusing and tenderly poignant’ The Poetry We Make is told as a series of memories and flashbacks, featuring live Dolly Parton tunes, exploring love, loss and what gender actually counts for.

Can Dolly help Elliott find the rainbow beyond the rain?

“Ms Parton… would surely be proud of this testament to love, regardless of what body that love takes”. ★★★★✫ The Reviews Hub

1hr 00m
The Vaults
07 — 11 Feb 18:00
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About the company

Flugelman Productions

Started by two sisters, Flugelman Productions brings together writers, performers, musicians and dancers from all over the world, inspired to tell great stories. We believe that theatre can save the world. Too grand a statement? At the very least, it can make all our lives better by helping us understand a little more of what it means to be human.

Artistic Team
Jaswinder Blackwell-Pal
Edwina Strobl
Katherine Rigg & Heather Ralph
Lucinda Dale
Music Director
Ella Bellsz
Movement Director
Carissa Rickeard
Costume Designer
Alexandra Kapsala
Lighting Designer
Jess Bernberg
Executive Producer
Victoria Stobl
Elena Voce
Elijah W. Harris
Sam Thorpe-Spinks
Mia Hall

Press & Reviews

The Reviews Hub

“poignant and thought-provoking”

‘Ms Parton... would surely be proud of this testament to love, regardless of what body that love takes”.


“excellent concoction of theatrical elements”

“Hilarity and heartbreak are maintained throughout”

”Furnishing audiences with lots to laugh over and think about, this is a fervently amusing and tenderly poignant play.” ★★★★