"You do not fit inside your body. It is yours but you have outgrown its shape. If only your skin could grow as you grow, change as you change, stretch to fit you. If only you could become something more beautiful and not just something else."
Gabe wakes up in his room on a morning much like any other. Still half-asleep, dreaming of stranger and easier worlds, he is abruptly brought back down to earth when he is faced with his reflection. So begins a daily ritual of negotiation and doubt, as he faces once again the necessity of living in a world that is determined to read him as someone he is not, time and time again.
Theatre21 is proud to present Kaleidoscope by Charlie O’Grady – a new play that explores the feeling of not knowing the person you see when you look in the mirror, and celebrates the bravery of so many trans, non-binary, and gender diverse individuals. The production promises to bring fresh openness to the conversation, rejecting sensationalism and prescriptive transformation narratives, and substituting a simple story of one person’s struggle to get up in the morning and face a hostile world.
The show at M2 Gallery is to be accompanied by an exhibition of works by trans and gender-queer artists, and will run from Wednesday the 19th to Sunday the 23rd of August. Gallery opens at 6:00, show begins at 7:30.
$20 full price.
Cast: Harry Winsome as Gabe
PLEASE NOTE - All audience members should be aware that Kaleidoscope contains the following:
Intense depiction and discussion of gender dysphoria; transphobia; internalised homophobia and transphobia; discussion of misgendering; discussion of negative coming out experience; explicit mentions of menstruation; dissociation; depiction of anxiety and a panic attack; abstract discussion of suicidal ideation; suggestion of disordered eating; suggestion of depression; mentions of needles