Bella Heesom explores the subliminal messages that girls assimilate from a young age in Rejoicing at her Wondrous Vulva the Young Woman Applauded Herself at Ovalhouse.
A story about transsexuality, self-identity and sacrifice. Witty and gut-wrenching, stylised and simple. Can a single production encompass all these things and leave an audience wanting more? Seldom. Then along comes Rotterdam.
Just 11 months after I chaired my first post-show talk for Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam – then at Trafalgar Studios for its West End premiere – and so much has changed.
Said it before so let’s say it again and this time hope they put it on the posters: “Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam is the best ‘gay play’ since My Night With Reg” – a clever sharply-observed comedy riffing on gender fluidity with dry wit and crackling dialogue and which has now set new standards for the genre.
It’s both a lecture and a life-changing series of events, the story of losing your parents while teaching an attentive audience how to cope with and ultimately conquer grief. Mortality management, as Bella Heesom calls it.
Have you seen the myriad four-star reviews for our Featured Show, the West End transfer of Jon Brittain’s poignant new comedy ROTTERDAM, which continues its limited season at Trafalgar Studios until 27 August 2016.
Jon Brittain’s powerful but sensitively written play examines gender and sexuality as well as coming to terms with who you are.
New drama about a transgender lesbian is not only hugely enjoyable, but also thought-provoking.
What a treat it was to not only see Jon Brittain‘s Rotterdam again last night, but to be able to question this hugely talented young writer about his bittersweet comedy, which ranked amongst my Top Ten new plays of last year.
Following a successful run at Theatre503 last year, Jon Brittain’s Rotterdam returns to the London stage this summer, for a limited season at the Trafalgar Studios. Running at the Trafalgar Studios from the 26th July until the 27th August, this production directed by Donnacadh O’Briain will see Anna Martine, Alice McCarthy, Ed Eales-White and Jessica Clark reprise their roles.
Rotterdam is something quite special. A thoroughly well-crafted piece of comic writing, with naturalistic and credible characters in situations which engage you, smartly staged and directed, and with a faultless cast. It’s hilarious, thought-provoking, sensitive. That it happens also to be the best ‘gay play’ in London since My Night With Reg seems almost irrelevant.