Rhum and Clay Theatre Company and Kit Redstone (UK) / Presented with Zee Zee Theatre
Oct 02 -13 | York Theatre [map]
Contains nudity and strong language!
A funny, fearless, and spectacle-filled exploration of identity, masculinity, and digging deep to find the person within.
One year after his first injection of testosterone, trans man Kit is perceived completely as a man. However, with this triumph comes a crisis of masculinity; what kind of man is he? Drawing on autobiographical experiences, Testosterone is the true story of Kit Redstone’s first entrance into a male gym changing room at the age of 33. What first appears as a routine ritual of four men changing after a workout, then transforms into an epic coming-of-age quest for a masculine identity in an environment that affords little space to hide.
Critically acclaimed physical theatre company Rhum and Clay and darkly comic theatre writer and director Redstone explore the funny and sometimes toxic world of men.
If you’re lucky enough to catch this play at the Cultch, you’re in for a boisterous, slightly surreal, and hilarious evening” — Connal McNamara, Vancouver Weekly
Testosterone is a joyous, raucous celebration. If you’re in the audience, consider yourself lucky” —Hailey Rollheiser, Sad Mag
Testosterone is just delightful. Now there’s a sentence I never thought I’d write, but in a way, it sums up the feeling of this play, which is full of intriguing surprises” — Tiva Quinn, iliveineastvan.com
Testosterone, currently on stage at the York Theatre, may only be 65-minutes long, but it only serves to reinforce the age-old proverb that good remarkable things really do come in small packages”— Mark Robins, Vancouver Presents
Testosterone explores gender expectations with a genuine and inquisitive lens, while remaining sensitive at the same time”— Vince Kanasoot, Van City Vince
[…] you’ll find Testosterone a charming, heartfelt show that looks beyond the linoleum”— Darren Barefoot, The Georgia Straight
This show is about identity and men. It happens to have a trans protagonist, but everything we deal with in the show is pertinent for everybody. It’s also very funny and absurd; none of us wanted to make a piece that felt worthy and heavy. We do have dark bits in the show, uncomfortable bits, but most of it is raucous and wild” —Kit Redstone, in interview with Vancouver Presents. Read the full interview here!
Our show is very fun and joyous. It has some dark parts, but for the most part it’s a comedy…so that when it gets to the end, when it is more hard-hitting and literally very exposing, I feel like the audience is my friend at that point”— Kit Redstone, in interview with The Georgia Straight. Read the full interview here!
Lucid, funny, and moving, Rhum and Clay’s Testosterone ends up reflecting back at us our own world, a world where masculinity is both a loaded concept and a lived experience ” — Exuent Magazine
A striking piece of theatre that is as entertaining as it is insightful” — Reviews Hub
Multi-layered and gripping physical theatre… this is a refreshing, genuinely smart piece of work, full of undercutting humour” — The Guardian
Oct 02, 8PM: Opening
Oct 03 – 06, 09-13, 8PM
Oct 07 & 13, 2PM
Running Time: 65 mins, no intermission
Post Show Q&A following each performance
Writer: Kit Redstone
Director: Julian Spooner
Movement Director: Matthew Wells
Associate Director: Douglas Rintoul
Kit Redstone as Himself
The Diva: William Donaldson
Marlon Brando: Julian Spooner
The Sportsman: Matthew Wells
Additional devising: Christopher Harrisson
Set and Costume Designer: Alberta Jones
Lighting and Sound Designer: Geoff Hense
Technical Operator: Eleanor Bookham
Publicity Designer: Alberta Jones
Scientific Advisers: Dr. Ed Roberts and Professor Joe Herbert