Rose Collis Special Performance at ‘Late Shift Extra: Queer Perspectives’, National Portrait Gallery, November 9
Following her hugely popular talk for artist and curator Sadie Lee’s Queer Perspectives in 2014, she is delighted to have been invited back to the National Portrait Gallery to give a special performance as part of a typically diverse Late Shift Extra to celebrate the prestigious event’s 10th anniversary.
Experience some Brief Encounters with songs and stories inspired by famous queer sitters in the Collection performed by Rose Collis. Room 31 in the 20th Century Gallery on the first floor, 6.30pm and 7.30pm
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
‘THE TRIALS OF COL. BARKER’: TWO TALKS BY ROSE COLLIS
Writer and performer Rose Collis will be giving two talks about her book Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment and the new stage play she is writing, based on the book, supported by Arts Council England.
At these special events, she will be talking about the research and creative processes involved in producing both works, and shedding light on the extraordinary, complex story of someone who veered from tragedy to farce to fame to obscurity, but who always strove to remain ‘a perfect gentleman’.
‘The story of Col Victor Barker – aka Valerie Arkell-Smith – is one of identity: gender identity, hidden identities, class identity and the conflict between private and public identities’, says Rose Collis.
Virago published Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment in 2001, and was greeted with enormous critical acclaim:
‘Excellent… treads a careful line between sensation and sentiment.’ Daily Telegraph
‘Collis’s unpretentious, ribald, chatty style carries this ripping yarn.’ Time Out
‘A fascinating tale…Collis has researched this book thoroughly, and she writes with a lively sense of humour.’ Times Literary Supplement
‘Rose Collis has delved meticulously…and produced a remarkably gripping and, at times, quite hilarious story.’
Val Hennessy, Daily Mail, ‘Critic’s Choice’
‘Written with style and feeling…’ Financial Times
The events are:
Tuesday 28 February, 12.10pm, Free. Worthing Library, Richmond Rd, Worthing, BN11 1HD (fully accessible).
Sunday 5 March, 2pm. Jubilee Library, Conference Room 3, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE (fully accessible). Tickets £5, advance booking recommended: www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/165580
Both events will have Q&A sessions, and copies of Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment will be on sale.
The Trials of Colonel Barker will have its first rehearsed reading at the Purple Playhouse, 36 Montefiore Rd, Hove BN3 6EP (date tbc) in the second Hove Grown Festival of new writing taking place from March 24 to April 2.
V&A LUNCHTIME LECTURE BY ROSE COLLIS
Clemence Dane is the ‘invisible woman’ of British 20th century culture: a prolific and popular writer and artist, described by her great friend Noel Coward as ‘a wonderful unique mixture of artist, writer, games mistress, poet and egomaniac.’
Yet her name and achievements are almost forgotten today: she was the first British woman screenwriter ever to win an Oscar, the inspiration for eccentric medium ‘Madame Arcati’ in Coward’s Blithe Spirit and a highly-regarded scriptwriter in Hollywood.
Join acclaimed writer and performer Rose Collis as she talks about the life and work of this extraordinary woman, the subject of her new Arts Council-funded one-woman play, Wanting the Moon.
Wednesday 1st February, 13:00-13:45, in the Museum’s Lydia & Manfred Gorvy Lecture Theatre, . Part of the Museum’s Lunchtime Lecture series. Lectures are free and no booking is required.
V&A, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Gladstone Library Hearth Festival
Pull up a chair, gather around the hearth and indulge in a weekend of stimulating and entertaining conversation at our two-day micro-festival.
Saturday, 29th October
4pm – 5pm: Rose Collis – And Her Trouser-Wearing Characters
From women who wore the pants, to the darkest secrets of cities: internationally-acclaimed writer and performer Rose Collis’s books and shows are like no-one else’s. Join Rose for an hour of stories, vignettes and songs as she talks about – and performs – extracts from her plays about some of her favourite characters from ‘alternative’ history.
Individual event tickets are priced at £12. Day tickets are priced at £32.50 which includes a lunch or dinner. Weekend tickets are priced at £55 including a meal on each day. All tickets include free entry to the panel discussion on Saturday evening with all four Hearth speakers during which they will reflect on reading and writing and guests are invited to put forward their most testing questions!
To book your tickets, please call 01244 532350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Worthing Library is hosting a talk about the eccentric Clemence Dane – the first Oscar-winning British female screenwriter who lived for many years in a field near Midhurst.Clemence Dane (aka Winifred Ashton) is the ‘invisible woman’ of British 20th century culture: a prolific and popular writer and artist, she was the first British woman screenwriter ever to win an Oscar, the inspiration for eccentric medium Madame Arcati in Noel Coward’s Blithe Spirit and a highly-regarded scriptwriter in Hollywood and Britain.For many years, she lived in two decorated caravans in a field near the Midhurst sandpits.
Rose Collis will be the speaker at this free, drop-in event which is part of Worthing Library’s free lunchtime talk programme.
Dane is also the subject of Rose’s new Arts Council-funded one-woman play, Wanting the Moon, which will have three preview performances at the Marlborough Theatre, Brighton, and Arundel Jailhouse in January 2016.
Lunchtime Talk – Wanting the Moon
Tuesday 1 December 2015
12.10pm – 12.50pm