Rotterdam is about Alice who wants to come out as a lesbian to her family. Meanwhile, her girlfriend Fiona wants to start living as a man named Adrian. Once Adrian starts his transition, Alice starts questioning her own sexuality.
The inspiration behind Rotterdam
Rotterdam writer Jon Brittain found the inspiration to create the play when a couple of his friends came out as trans. He then realised that there are no transgender stories in pop culture and decided to address this through the theatre.
While writing the show, Brittain did a lot of research by consulting with trans people and their partners, holding a reading for members of the trans community, and discussing Rotterdam with various organisations.
The show had a successful run at Trafalgar Studios and at 59E59 Theater’s Brits Off Broadway in New York. It also recently won the 2017 Olivier Awards with Mastercard for Outstanding Achievement in an Affiliate Theatre, which they dedicated to the charity Gendered Intelligence.
Brittain is also the co-creator of Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho and the writer of What Would Spock Do? and A Super Happy Story (About Feeling Super Sad).
Meet the Cast of the trans play Rotterdam
Alice McCarthy stars as Alice in the upcoming production. Her other theatre credits include Boris: World King, Blue Stockings, and The Innocent Mistress. She also appeared in the film Redemption and on BBC’s Doctors.
Anna Martine Freeman, who will play as Fiona/Adrian, trained at The Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. Before Rotterdam, she starred as Morris on The Nether, Helen of Troy on The Helen Project, and Helen on Sun.
Meanwhile, Ed Eales-White, who will star as Josh, recently appeared as Young Karl in the critically acclaimed drama series National Treasure on Channel 4. He’s also one-half of the successful double act Bucket, which won The Guardian’s Best Sketch Act – Edinburgh Fringe 2015.
Finally, Ellie Morris returns as Lelani. She is also an understudy on Criterion Theatre’s The Comedy About a Bank Robbery and performed on Peter Pan Goes Wrong.