Transgender star tells all at Dukes

Kate O'Donell
Kate O'Donell
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Kate O’Donnell will be making a song and dance about her transgender life when she appears in an award winning show at The Dukes in September.

Big Girl’s Blouse tells the story of the transgender performer’s life and what it was like growing up in the 1970s.

Born a boy, Kate discovered the path to becoming a woman did not always run smoothly and with a lifetime of coming out, she has used every trick – theatrical and otherwise – to get by.

In the 1990s Kate became a part of the alternative cabaret scene and created theatre and film for Queer Up North. She has also danced for artists including Boy George and regularly performed and presented on television.

Kate now appears in contemporary queer theatre and cabaret, creating entertaining, gently political performances, which take pride and strength in being a transgender woman.

Big Girl’s Blouse sees Kate using humour, music and costume to tell her story in a show which won an award at the 2015 Brighton Fringe.

Big Girl’s Blouse is recommended for anyone aged 13 plus and there will be a post show talk-back free to ticketholders after the performance on September 18.

The show was created with Mark Whitelaw and Olivier Award-winning (Duckie, Urs ula Martinez). Tickets are £13/£11(concessions).

For more information and to book tickets for the show, ring The Dukes box office on 01524 598500 or visit the website at