PREVIEW: ‘Trouser-wearing characters’ by Rose Collis

Special ‘5th Anniversary’ performance for Brighton Pride.

Trouser-Wearing Characters by Rose Collis is the first ever musical cabaret show written and performed by a British female author.

This original entertainment, written and performed by local Sussex’s favourite Rose Collis, is a unique mixture of music, history and comedy.

It combines stories, vignettes and songs about some of her favourite, eclectic LGBT+ ‘trouser-wearing characters’, from Nancy Spain to ‘Colonel’ Barker, stage legend Dougie Byng to the ‘f**king lady’ herself, Coral Browne, with cameo ‘appearances’ by the likes of Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and Vincent Price — plus that other unique ‘character’, Brighton.

Trouser-Wearing Characters started at the top at the ­­— Fringe Review acclaimed it as a five-star ‘Outstanding Show’ of the 2012 Brighton Fringe.

In early 2013, it became an international hit with a five-week tour of sell-out performances at major arts festivals in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney and Adelaide.

The show has been performed regularly at regional venues and festivals throughout the UK, including last year’s Arts Council-funded month-long national tour to mark LGBT History Month.

Now, Trouser-Wearing Characters returns ‘home’ on August 3 for a special one-off performance at the fully-accessible Purple Playhouse Theatre, to celebrate the show’s triumphant five years and to celebrate Brighton & Hove Pride.

All profits from performances in the Purple Playhouse Theatre, the café/bar and room hires are reinvested in the Grace Eyre Foundations many projects and programmes supporting people with learning disabilities.

Join Rose, her ‘trouser-wearing characters’ and, of course, the vintage banjoleles, ‘Bud’ and ‘Alvin’ for this one-off show of LGBT+ music, history and celebration.

The original production of Trouser-Wearing Characters was directed by Matt Thompson, the 2016/17 version was directed by Kinny Gardner B.E.M, B.C.A.a.

Books by Rose will be on sale during the evening.


Event: Trouser-Wearing Characters by Rose Collis

Where: The Purple Playhouse Theatre, 36 Montefiore Road, Hove BN3 6EP

When: Thursday, August 3,

Time: 7.30pm, doors open 7pm

Cost: Tickets £10/£8

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