The Butch Monologues

Succeeds in making us all feel loved.” Lois Weaver, Split Britches

£10 (plus p+p)

Own it! The collection of monologues is available to buy here.

Written by Laura Bridgeman
Published by hotpencil press
Design by Zed Gregory at
The Butch Monologues book cover

Photograph by Kai Fiáin
Design by Zed Gregory at

A powerful and humorous collection of secret stories exploring sexuality, vulnerability and desire, taken from interviews with butches, masculine women and gender rebels living worldwide.

The Butch Monologues brings together a collaboration between Vital Xposure, hotpencil press: an independent publishing house co-founded by the writer, Laura Bridgeman, and The Drakes.

BUTCH-MONOLOGUES-Christa Holka(web)

Photograph by Christa Holka

An excellent piece of theatre and more than that it’s a very tangible vehicle for social change.
Jude Kelly CBE, Artistic Director, Southbank

Laura Bridgeman writes for the theatre and BBC Radio 4. Previous work includes: The (Trans) Mangina Monologues (directed by Lois Weaver), Caterpillars and Dogfood Diary co-written with Charles Lambert (BBC Radio 4), and How Was The Party? about her mother’s experience of Alzheimer’s.

Julie McNamara (Vital Xposure’s Artistic Director, 2011 – 2020) creates work that is an appeal for social justice, shedding light on unheard voices from the margins of our communities.

The Drakes are a private members’ group formed in 2012. They came together to promote female masculinity and butch pride. They run their own parties and strut their stuff on the stage and are currently involved in a number of creative projects.

Five butches, masculine-presenting gender rebels, fabulously suited and booted. Their bodies face the camera while they talk facing each other.

Photograph by Kai Fiáin

2019 TOUR 

Midsumma Festival
Theatre Works, St Kilda
Melbourne, Australia

27 January – 2 February 2019

Mardi Gras
The Sound Lounge
The Seymour Arts Centre Sydney, Australia

23 February  – 1 March 2019

2017 TOUR 

Gerry’s Studio
Theatre Royal Stratford East
8 , 9 & 10 November 2017

Unity 2, Unity Theatre, Liverpool
11 November 2017

The Marlborough Theatre
15 November 2017

Soho Studio
Soho Theatre, London
21,22,23,24,25 November



Advance Audio Description available at every performance

For advanced audio description please arrive at the venue early and ask an usher


 BSL interpretation available


Wheelchair access available at all venues

The Butch Monologues is presented by Vital Xposure, hotpencil press and The Drakes

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Supported with funding from Arts Council England.