Travesti

                       written by Rebecca Hill

What happens when you put women’s voices in the mouths of men? There is an argument that sexist behaviour can be overlooked because society has become used to women being used to it. Travesti is a verbatim play that takes real women's stories about body hair, being groped on public transport and experiences of sexual violence and puts them in the mouths of male actors. Would we respond differently if a man tells these stories rather than a woman?

Lost Theatre
In December 2013, Travesti competed in the LOST Theatre’s annual Five Minute Festival. 40 plays competed over 4 nights, only 10 reaching the final. A five minute exploration of the idea was performed to a panel of industry judges, including Paul Vale and Jamie Rocha Allen. Travesti was voted into the final by Audience Vote - thank you to everyone who voted! Cast: Jophiel - Dominic Attenborough Haniel - James Lawrence Samael - Alex Middleton Saraph - Jack Parry-Jones

Etcetera Theatre
As part of the Etcetera Theatre’s PNPA festival in January 2014, Travesti was performed for three nights only! Now 45 minutes long, Travesti incorporated music, dance and briefcases, taking women’s real stories about body hair, being groped on public transport and experiences of sexual violence and puts them in the mouths of male actors. Playing to full audiences every night and selling out the final night, we received 4 star reviews from Remote Goat and Female Arts and gained us the support of industry heavy-weights including, Ian Rickson (Director, Mojo, Harold Pinter Theatre) who described the show as “terrific. A fresh, seductive and unsettling evening” and Christopher Haydon (Artistic Director, Gate Theatre) who called it “sharp, witty, genuinely shocking at times”.

Creative team:
Writer/Director - Rebecca Hill
Producer - Bradley Leech 
Musical Director - Francesca Fenech
Movement Director - Jack Parry-Jones
Sound/Lighting - Louise McMenemy
Poster Design - Michael Delaney

Cast:
Jophiel - Dominic Attenborough
Raziel - Joe Attewell
Haniel - Iain Batchelor
Zadkiel - Mathew Foster
Samael - Alex Middleton
Saraph - Bryan Parry

Edinburgh Festival Fringe - Pleasance Jack Dome
Following the successful development version of the show, the Pleasance Theatre offered us a prime slot in their 30th Anniversary Edinburgh Festival programme. We immediately began a massive fundraising campaign, at the heart of this was our Kickstarter  - without the kind support of those who donated we would not have been able to reach our target and take Travesti to Edinburgh.

Once in Edinburgh, we played to full houses, received some lovely 4 and 5 star reviews, were awarded a Scotsman Fringe First and ThreeWeeks Editors' Choice Awards.

Creative team:
Writer/Director - Rebecca Hill 
Producer - Bradley Leech 
Associate Producer - Chris Snow
Musical Director - Francesca Fenech 
Movement Director - Jack Parry-Jones 
Voice Support - Katie Crooks
Company Stage Manager - Jessica Wretlind
PR - Jen Payne
Poster Design - Simon Morris

Cast:
Haniel - John Askew
Jophiel - Dominic Attenborough 

Saraph - Aled Bidder
Samael - Hugo Bolton
Raziel - Stanley Eldridge

Zadkiel - James Lawrence

Future
We are currently (hoping and) looking at plans to take Travesti on tour, both nationally and internationally, however not just yet - Watch this space!!!