Dec 242021
Woodblock print of male actor in flowing gown performing a female character in kabuki theatre

Bristol Museums

From Classical Greece through to Shakespeare and beyond, restrictions on women appearing in the theatre have resulted in men taking female parts in plays.

What did this cross-dressing mean to those who performed these roles, and to those who watched them. Has the theatre always been gay? Or trans?

Cheryl Morgan takes us on a tour of some of the queerest moments of theatre, including some of the latest research about the people who played female roles for Shakespeare.

Thursday 24th February 2022, 7pm to 8pm

Speaker: Cheryl Morgan, formerly co-chair of OutStories Bristol and a regular speaker on the LGBTQ+ History Month circuit.

This free online talk is hosted by Bristol’s M Shed museum in partnership with OutStories Bristol.

Pre-booking is essential. For full details and to book your ticket click this link to M Shed’s website.

Although it is free, M Shed would be grateful if you make a donation when booking.

Image: Actor Segawa Kikunojo III as Fox Okiku, 1782 by Katsukawa Shunsho (1726-1793).
Japanese woodblock print, Bristol Museum & Art Gallery.

Words "M shed" in black text