TESTOSTERONE

Rhum and Clay Theatre Company and Kit Redstone

Overview

Formed in 2010 whilst studying at Ecole Jacques Lecoq, Rhum and Clay is led by Artistic Directors Julian Spooner and Matthew Wells. Devised through creative play, the company’s work - a sophisticated and highly accessible fusion of physical theatre and absurdist clowning - is made in collaboration with a diverse ensemble of actors, dancers, musicians, designers, academics and anyone with an interesting story to tell. Rhum and Clay is currently an Associate Company at The Watermill Theatre in Newbury and London’s New Diorama Theatre.

TESTOSTERONE is a collaboration with writer and director Kit Redstone and stemmed from a desire to explore his experiences of masculinity as a trans man. What exactly is it to be a man and how do we learn to become one? What's it like to go through adolescence at 33? One year after his first injection, Kit enters a male gym changing room for the first time. What follows is a hallucinatory roller coaster ride through fantasies, memories and desires; and an irreverent and comic story about the sometimes painful distance between who we are and what we desire to become.

In the press

“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.” Exeunt

“The play showcases voices rarely heard on stage.” West End Wilma

Production details

  • Writer

    Kit Redstone
  • Devisor

    Rhum and Clay and Kit Redstone
  • Director

    Julian Spooner
  • Choreographer

    Matthew Wells
  • Designer

    Alberta Jones, Lighting and Sound: Geoff Hense
  • Number of people on stage

    4
  • Number of people in touring company

    5
  • Freight

    Freight

    4m x 2.5m Gym benches, 2 Gym Lockers, 5m x 2.4m x 1m Perspex panels, two metal legs, 1 roll of lino flooring, 2 suitcases of costumes

  • Touring Availability

    From September 2017
  • Scale of venue

    Small-scale (capacity up to 400)
  • Minimum performance space

    5m x 5m
  • Text-based

    Dense (important for audiences to have a good understanding of English)
  • Also contains:

    Live Music, Sexually Explicit Material, Strong Language

In Edinburgh

  • Venue

    Pleasance Courtyard, Pleasance Two
  • Production dates

    4-27 AUGUST
  • Production times

    1700-1800
  • Duration

    60 MINS
  • Audience capacity

    172

Contact

Wraparound

Rhum and Clay have an extensive workshop program suitable for all ages and can offer post show discussions, particularly in response to the issues raised in TESTOSTERONE.

Additional productions

  • 64 SQUARES
  • A Strange Wild Song
  • HARDBOILED