Rose Collis brings her acclaimed one-woman musical cabaret show to Taunton Library, as part of an Arts Council-funded tour for LGBT History Month 2016.
‘Trouser-Wearing Characters’ is the first ever musical cabaret show written and performed by a British female author. This original entertainment, written and performed by one of Sussex’s favourite personalities, is a unique mixture of music, history and comedy. It combines stories, vignettes and songs about some of her favourite, eclectic LGBT ‘trouser-wearing characters’, from Nancy Spain to Colonel Barker, stage legend Dougie Byng to the ‘f**king lady’ herself, Coral Browne.
It will be a welcome return to Somerset for Rose Collis, who last autumn became the first-ever Writer-in-Residence at Coleridge Cottage as part of the Writing Places programme produced by Literature Works and the National Trust.
‘OUTSTANDING SHOW’, Fringe Review
‘Rose Collis has the air of someone moving to the next level: all the elements of her previous experience researching, writing and performing unite during this show in a natural and self-assured way.
‘Ideas of masculinity, femininity, male and female are brought to life through the real experiences of ground breaking performers and broadcasters, the forerunners who broke the mould and to whom we owe much for our current freedoms and acceptance. There are plenty of lessons from their bravery and it is very fitting we celebrate that during History month.’ Ultimate Planet
‘Trouser-Wearing Characters is a highly-entertaining and personal piece of cabaret theatre that will be appreciated by a broad audience.’ Theatre Review New Zealand
‘It’s a pleasure to spend an hour with Rose Collis and her tales of masculine women and feminine men, a look at the gay British sub culture of the last century.’ Adelaide Advertiser
The original production of Trouser-Wearing Characters was directed by Matt Thompson, 2016 version directed by Kinny Gardner B.C.A.a
The performance will take place on Wednesday February 17 at Taunton Library, Paul St, Taunton, Somerset TA1 3XZ, 0300 123 2224 6.30pm, doors open 6pm
All tickets are £5, bookable online at www.ticketsource.co.uk/rosecollis, or on the door.
All performances will be followed by informal Q&A sessions with Rose Collis and opportunities to buy books by her.
For more information about the show and Rose Collis, visit www.rosecollis.com