Dates and Times
Tue 19 Sep at 9pm
Part of Come As You Are, a three-week festival interrogating and celebrating gender from cis to trans, from binary to beyond. The festival runs from Tue 12 Sep – Sun 1 Oct. Take advantage of our double bill ticket offer, and book two different shows on the same night for just £16! Simply add the tickets into your basket and we’ll do the rest.
Presented by Camilla Harding & Alexandra Sinclair
A two person show exploring gender; deconstructing stereotypes and reconstructing what we consist of. Man Up! uses personal anecdotes and monologues as well as drag and physicality to examine and reveal gender for what it is: a socially constructed, performed identity. Alex and Milly transform from their ‘male’ and ‘female’ personas with the help of cleverly concealed props and costume and an abundance of cake. They both tackle the gender spectrum in a unique way.
Previously described as “an astonishing look at the fluidity of gender identity and a challenge to the norms that society imposes” as well as using “ingenious stagecraft” and “transformations subtly worked so that they were halfway complete before you clock exactly what’s going on”.
Man Up! was premiered at The National Theatre as ʻGuy is a Guyʼ (a 3 minute cabaret piece) and was recently staged at The Hampstead Theatre as part of Sphinx Theatre’s Women Centre Stage: Power Play Festival where it got people talking about gender and gender identity in unexpected ways.
About the artists
Alex and Milly met whilst studying at The Workshop Theatre (University of Leeds) where they made, interrogated and performed theatre together. Alexandra went on to train at Drama Centre London and is now a writer and actress. Milly trained in drag performance with Diane Torr and also makes performance art.