Olivier Award winner Rotterdam comes to Manchester

20th May 2019

This beautifully structured evening keeps blending the laugh-out-loud funny and the dab-your- eyes tender (★★★★ The Times).

Following three critically acclaimed runs in London and a highly successful transfer to New York, the Olivier award-winning production of Rotterdam will be playing at Manchester Opera House this June. 

Directed by Donnacadh O’Briain and written by Jon Brittain, the bittersweet comedy explores the romantic, political and social implications of transitioning whilst in a relationship.

Trans non-binary actor Lucy Jane Parkinson (Joan) stars as Fiona/Adrian, playing opposite Rebecca Banatvala (Love, Death & RobotsHabibiti) as Alice.

Rotterdam tells the story of Alice, who has finally plucked up the courage to email her parents and tell them she’s gay. But before she can hit send, her girlfriend Fiona reveals that he has always identified as male and now wants to start living as a man named Adrian. Now, as Adrian confronts the reality of his transition, Alice faces a question she never thought she’d ask… does this mean she’s straight?

Brittain was inspired to write Rotterdam after several 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 trans people and their partners, conducting a reading for members of trans communities and discussing the show with various organisations.

Rotterdam was recently co-produced in Los Angeles by Hartshorn – Hook Productions and Skylight Theatre where the production won the top award at the Los Angeles Drama Critics’ Circle Awards jointly with Hamilton.

 

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