The Butch Monologues on tour

Butches, masculine women and gender rebels share their powerful and human collection of secret stories celebrating vulnerability and desire.

The Butch Monologues brings together a collaboration between hotpencil press, an independent publishing house co-founded by the writer, Laura Bridgeman; Vital Xposure, a dynamic touring theatre company under the creative leadership of disabled artist, Julie McNamara; and The Drakes, a group of butches, transmen and gender rebels who joined together in the spirit of masculine solidarity.

The Butch Monologues flyerA powerful and often humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire taken from interviews with butches, masculine women and transmen, living world-wide.

Written by: Laura Bridgeman, Directed by: Julie McNamara

Developed and performed by: The Drakes; a London-based group of butches, transmen and gender rebels brought together in friendship and solidarity.

Images: Kai Fiain / Christa Holka

The Butch Monologues is touring the UK with dates as follows:

  • LONDON: Gerry’s Studio - 8, 9 & 10 November 7.30pm @ Theatre Royal Stratford East - £12 /£10 concs
  • LIVERPOOL: Homotopia - 11 November 9.30pm @ Unity 2, Unity Theatre - £ 10 / £8
  • BRIGHTON: Pink Fringe presented by The Marlborough Theatre - 15 November 7.30pm @ Friends Meeting House Brighton - £14 / £12 concession
  • LONDON: Soho Theatre - 21, 22, 23, 24, 25 November 7.00pm - From £12.50 #thebutchmonologues

About the Drakes

The Drakes is a group of butches, transmen and masculine-identified people who joined together in the spirit of masculine solidarity in early 2012.

Our aims are to promote female masculinity and butch pride. We get together regularly to socialise and strut our stuff on the queer scene. We run our own parties and strive to create a welcoming and intimate atmosphere. We are involved in a number of creative projects.



About Vital Xposure

Vital Xposure is a touring theatre company operating under the creative leadership of disabled artist Julie McNamara. The company promotes hidden voices with extraordinary stories to tell.

Our mission is to create exciting, innovative theatrical experiences for audiences, artists and communities alike. All work presents an inclusive experience where access issues do not intrude upon the aesthetic of the productions.

About Hotpencil Press

[hotpencil> press is an independent not-for-profit UK publishing house founded in 2010 by Laura Bridgeman and Serge Nicholson to promote high-quality, unique, contemporary, and re-visited works largely ignored by the mainstream.

Sometimes our publications are self-generated, and at other times independent writers and artists approach us.

We encourage work that is challenging, fresh and tells new stories.