Trouser-Wearing Characters by Rose Collis is coming ‘home’ for a special one-off performance on Thurs Aug 3 at the fully-accessible Purple Playhouse Theatre, for Brighton & Hove Pride and to celebrate the show’s fifth birthday.

Never seen it? Then here’s a rare chance to do so!
Seen it before? Never mind — tell your friends!

Trouser-Wearing Characters by Rose Collis is the first ever musical cabaret show written and performed by a British female author. This original entertainment, written and performed by one of Sussex’s favourite personalities, is a unique mixture of music, history and comedy.
It combines stories, vignettes and songs about some of her favourite, eclectic LGBT ‘trouser-wearing characters’, from Nancy Spain to ‘Colonel’ Barker, stage legend Dougie Byng to the ‘f**king lady’ herself, Coral Browne, with cameo ‘appearances’ by the likes of Noel Coward, Marlene Dietrich and Vincent Price — plus that other unique ‘character’, Brighton.

Trouser-Wearing Characters started at the top: Fringe Review hailed it as a five-star ‘Outstanding Show’ of the 2012 Brighton Fringe. It soon became an international hit in early 2013 with a five-week tour of sell-out performances at major arts festivals in Auckland, Wellington, Sydney and Adelaide.

It has been performed regularly at regional venues and festivals throughout the UK, including last year’s Arts Council-funded month-long national tour to mark LGBT History Month.

So join Rose Collis, her ‘trouser-wearing characters’ and, of course, the vintage banjoleles, ‘Bud’ and ‘Alvin’ for this one-off show of LGBT music, history and celebration.

Books by Rose Collis will also be for sale on the night.

The original production of Trouser-Wearing Characters was directed by Matt Thompson, Kinny Gardner B.E.M, B.C.A.a, directed the 2016/17 version.

All profits from performances in the Purple Playhouse Theatre and the café/bar are reinvested in the Grace Eyre Foundation’s projects and programmes supporting people with learning disabilities.

 Purple Playhouse Theatre, 36 Montefiore Road, Hove, BN3 6EP

For access/transport details, visit

Thursday 3 August. Doors Open at 7:00pm, show starts at 7:30pm

 Ticket Price: £10/£8 concs. Booking highly recommended!


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