I cannot get enough of Jon Brittain’s brilliantly bittersweet comedy Rotterdam. I adored it when it premiered at London’s Theatre503 in 2015, begged to chair a post-show debate on transgender issues during its West End premiere last summer at Trafalgar Studios, and am delighted to be asked back to chair a post-show Q&A for the show’s triumphant London return, after winning an Olivier Award and a sell-out New York season. I urge you to see it and/or see it again – then come discuss the issues raised…
Alice wants to come out as a lesbian. Her girlfriend Fiona wants to start living as a man named Adrian. Now, as he begins his transition, Alice faces a question she never thought she’d ask… does this mean she’s straight?
After its triumphant win at the 2017 Olivier Awards, and a sell-out run in New York, the critically acclaimed Rotterdam returns to London for a strictly limited engagement at the West End’s Arts Theatre.
Rotterdam is a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home written by Jon Brittain, writer of What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).
★★★★ “Warm, witty & wise” – Time Out London
★★★★ “Brittain handles complex issues with great honest and thoughtfulness, but also a refreshing amount of wit” – Evening Standard
★★★★ “Sweet, heartfelt & funny”- The Stage
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. Through writing this show, he researched and consulted widely, including talking to numerous trans people and their partners, conducting readings for members of the trans communities and discussing the show with various parties who were all supportive, including Trans Media Watch who then endorsed Rotterdam.
The critically acclaimed original cast – Anna Martine, Alice McCarthy, Ed Eales-White and Jessica Clark – reprise their roles in the West End return of director Donnacadh O’Briain‘s poignant and highly comic production.
In the run-up to this year’s Pride in London parade (on Saturday 8 July 2017), join me and the Rotterdam company for a post-show Q&A at the Arts Theatre on Wednesday 28 June 2017.