Olivier award-winning production Rotterdam comes to Manchester for three nights on an extensive UK tour this spring, visiting the Opera House from Thursday 13th – Saturday 15th June. Written by playwright, comedy writer and director Jon Brittain, the critically acclaimed play tells the story of one New Year in Rotterdam, where Alice 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?
Starring Bethan Cullinane as Alice and Lucy Jane Parkinson as Fiona/Adrian, Brittain was inspired to write Rotterdam after several of his friends transitioned in the late 2000s. The production aims to address the absence of transgender stories in pop culture, telling the story of a bittersweet comedy about gender, sexuality and being a long way from home in the process.
Already adapted for radio on BBC Radio 3, the shows in Manchester come fresh from critically acclaimed runs in the West End, LA and New York. Knowing the importance of working with trans and non-binary actors, the production showcases the talent of trans actor Elijah W Harris, playing Alice’s brother Josh, along with Ellie Morris, returning as Dutch partygoer Lelani. Speaking on the play, director Donnacadh O’Briain has commented: “We are delighted to be taking Rotterdam on its first UK tour. It’s a privilege to be able to share this funny, moving and beautiful story with audiences around the whole country.”
Rotterdam takes place at Manchester Opera House from 13th – 15th June 2019. Tickets are available here.