52 Monologues for Young Transsexuals

Theatre (experimental, lgbtq+)

  • Pleasance Courtyard - The Attic
  • 15:20
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Nothing More to Say
  • Warnings and additional info: Strobe lighting, talcum powder, scenes of sexual violence (non-consenual sex-act), swearing, audience participation & partial nudity. References to transphobic/homophobic slurs, sexual themes (kink, BDSM, sex work), misogyny, infantilisation & dysphoria.
  • Accessibility:
    Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


'What's the worst thing that's ever made you feel like a woman?' Nothing More to Say's award-nominated debut is an 'experimental' and 'audacious' **** (BroadwayWorld.com) hour of verbatim and cabaret theatre. We sat down with other trans women to get sleepover-honest about bodies, sex, and love. Now, armed with killer dance moves and lots of baby oil, we're leading you through a fever dream of hilarious and gut-wrenching confession. We're going from pleasure to pagan ritual, from Barbara Streisand to BDSM. And no – there are no actual monologues...

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General venue access

  • Audio enhancement system
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Queue in cobbled courtyard. Access to space via locked lift, please notify venue ahead of your visit if you require use of the lift and ask at Info Shed upon arrival for access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 20+
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Anastasia 24 days ago

Life-changing. I didn’t want it to end. Absolutely beautiful, funny, truly experimental, jarring, underpinned by a loving and trusting friendship that felt like it extended to every audience member. Really hope to see these girls again on an even bigger stage!

Fleur 25 days ago

Don’t miss their final show! Gloriously fierce, joyous, heart-breaking and philosophical… with fabby dancing! Thanks so much Charli and Laurie!! Stellar and important. ***** 5 Star

Oliver Dhir 32 days ago

A fantastic show by 2 absolutely stellar performers. Funny, heart-breaking, vibrant and raw, shows like these are what the fringe is all about!

Hetty 32 days ago

Really impressive show that manages to deftly balance the audience in a delicate push-pull. Hilariously funny at times but underpinned by a deeply moving story of female friendship. Would highly recommend.

Zoe 33 days ago

Everything theater should be and more. Perfectly constructed and masterfully performed. A gift to have witnessed, do not miss it.

Johnna Dias-Watson 34 days ago

Truly the kind (and caliber) of piece I hoped to see at Fringe. Both Laurie and Charli are excellent performers and kept us so engaged in their stories, and the other material implemented to make the piece more universal. The story and fabric of their friendship was the most engaging part for me, and I hope they continue making things together x

Kit 35 days ago

Saw this yesterday and can’t stop thinking about it. The amount of care, energy and talent that has evidently gone into devising this, and then performing it, is clear. A combination of great comedic timing and an infectious fun energy with incredible vulnerability and trans stories that are more relevant than ever made this one of the most impressive things I’ve seen at the fringe this year. As a trans person there were deeply resonating moments, but as a transmasc person also lots of educating moments. Loved it, thank you Charli and Laurie

Leo Avalon 35 days ago

Entertaining, touching and profoundly queer. True stories and heartfelt words from two beautiful young trans women. Any young woman will be able to identify with some of their experiences. Their performance and healing is ultimately grounded in their deep friendship which is possible the most intimate and vulnerable thing they share with us.

Ben 39 days ago

The best thing we saw at fringe this year, hilarious, gripping and harrowing. Don't miss it!

Tobias 40 days ago

While superficially a high energy, entertaining show, it actually is a highly thought-provoking and informative piece helping non-trans folks better appreciate the many facets of the challenges faced by the protagonists. I also loved that the two performers made it very comfortable and fun in spite of the in principle heavy subject and intimate setting - all around a fantastic show and work of love that got a well deserved standing ovation!

Chris Grady 43 days ago

This superbly crafted and performed show is both very pink and very dark. Uncomfortable to share in some of the encounters experienced by these two first class narrators esp for a cis man. I am so glad to have been there and cried and laughed and been invited into their world. Great audience mix and I hope the show is seen often into the future beyond Edinburgh

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The Guardian (4/5 stars) 28 days ago

an intimate yet expansive, extraordinarily raw performance.

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 30 days ago

A life-affirming mashup of dance, storytelling, verbatim and recorded accounts

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Broadway Baby (4/5 stars) 38 days ago

Taking verbatim theatre into a new realm

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To Do List (5/5 stars) 38 days ago

Laurie Ward and Charli Cowgill deliver an unpacking of 21st century transfeminine life that is both searingly honest and exhilaratingly entertaining.

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Theatre Weekly (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

Trust the pair of them to find that balance between trauma and comedy that a show this frank certainly needs.

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floragosling.com (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

Verbatim theatre with bold confessions and bodily fluids

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