Birds of Paradise and Tron Theatre present Blanche & Butch by Robert Softley Gale
It was the best idea they’d ever had – three disabled drag queens – called ‘Heelz n Wheelz’ – it was sensational! But when the sparkles fade and tensions rise, a new way forward is needed. Join our stars backstage as they now tour the first ‘Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?’ to star an ‘actually disabled’ Blanche. It’s seen better days and so have they. What can possibly go wrong as they pull back the curtain on their lives, loves and loses?
Starring Robert Gale, Garry Robson and Kinny Gardner with live music performed by Amelia Cavallo. Directed and designed by Kenny Miller with original songs from Akintayo Akinbode, ‘Blanche & Butch’ promises to be a night of outrageous unPCness, high quality campness and deeply touching stories of three men who span the generations.
The award-winning Birds of Paradise Theatre Company with Tron Theatre bring you a dazzling new production inspired by Noel Greig’s 2006 play. Blanche & Butch tells the witty and poignant story of the lives, loves and losses of the three disabled men who used to be the sensational Heelz on Wheels. There’s not much sensation now…
“Performed with a fabulously brazen swagger that dares to make the (usually) unspeakable into shockingly funny entertainment that ambushes your heart as well.”
★★★★ The Herald
“Birds of Paradise aren’t trying to shock you for no reason. They’re challenging political correctness and audience ideas. And they do it so well.”
★★★★★ Broadway World
“Blanche and Butch is a twisted mix of camp, drama, comedy and music that is both glamorous and sharp.”
★★★★ The Wee Review
BSL Interpreter – Amy Cheskin – is fully integrated within the production and captioning plays on a screen within the set.
Description during the show will be delivered to headsets via one of the onstage characters, Wendy. Join Stage Manager Wendy for the backstage gossip and her take on Blanche, Butch and Bette as the relationships of these three men are tested. Please come to the theatre early for a pre-show intro and to get settled in your seat – it’s going to be a bumpy ride!