Big Girls Blouse

Sat 07 November 2015


Presented by Kate O’Donnell and Contact, created in collaboration with Olivier Award-winning director Mark Whitelaw.

‘A Manchester legend’
Time Out Manchester

Who knew what being transgender was in the 1970s? Not Kate’s family. To be fair, crispy pancakes had only just landed in the Midlands so she had her work cut out.

The path to becoming a woman doesn’t always run smooth and with a lifetime of coming out, Kate has had to use every trick — theatrical and otherwise — to get by.

Big Girl’s Blouse sees Kate make a song and dance about her life using humour, music and costume to tell her story.

Winner of Brighton Fringe LGBTQ Award 2015.

Big Girl’s Blouse is commissioned by Contact. Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. Big Girl's Blouse was commissioned with support by the Wellcome Collection as part of the Sexology Season. Image by Lee Baxter. Show recommended for audience members +13 years old. Contains mild adult language and content.

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As part of Homotopia


Big Girl's Blouse from Kate Odonnell on Vimeo.

Written & performed by Kate O'Donnell
Created with Mark Whitelaw
Commissioned by Contact
Supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England
Supported by the Wellcome Collection | Sexology Season

Video by Lee Baxter, including footage by People Staring

Created with
Helen Baggett, Jack Dale, Katie Duxbury, Jenny Gaskell, Jude Jagger, Jane Lancaster & Grace Oni Smith


Homotopia is an international LGBT festival held annually in Liverpool, England and across various parts of Europe. The festival takes place every November and features a mixture of theatre, dance, film, photography, art, cabaret and debate at numerous venues across Liverpool and in other European cities.

Homotopia is a not for profit limited company with its headquarters at Liverpool’s Unity Theatre and is the only lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans combined arts organisation in the north of England.


‘A Manchester legend’
Time Out Manchester

show details

Dates: Sat 7 Nov
Times: 7:30pm
Running time: TBC
Prices: £12 | £10 conc
Charges: 50p card transaction | £1 postage
Venue: Unity Theatre

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coming soon:

The Princess and The Pea