Birds of Paradise and Tron Theatre present Blanche & Butch by Robert Softley Gale
“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
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…
BSL Interpreter – Amy Cheskin – was fully integrated within the production and captioning played on a screen within the set.
Description during the show was delivered to headsets via one of the onstage characters, Wendy. Audiences using audio description were invited Stage Manager Wendy for the backstage gossip and her take on Blanche, Butch and Bette as the relationships of these three men are tested. Audiences wishing to experience Wendy’s pre-show blether were invited to come to the theatre early to catch up on all the background while settled in their seat.
Captioning was provided on a tv screen hung centrally within the set. The text was designed to look like a script.