If you’ve been following me for any length of time you will know that I am very passionate about equality and have a big heart for the trans community. I’m saddened by the discrimination, violence and adversity that is still present in this world. That’s why when I heard about Trans Scripts, Part I: The Women opening in Vancouver, I knew I had to share about it on my blog.
It has been described as “a powerful work of verbatim theatre” that was compiled from more than 70 interviews with transgender women. Trans Scripts is a co-presentation between Zee Zee Theatre and The Frank Theatre, in association with the Firehall Arts Centre. The performance includes seven diverse transgender women from Vancouver — activists, politicians, artists, and even a YouTube star.
What People Are Saying:
The brave and insightful work, sharing real-life stories of transgender women in their own words, is a meditation on the authentic experiences that make every individual unique, while underscoring the shared human spirit that connects us all. Performed by seven local transgender women, the play seamlessly weaves an inspirational tale of honesty, vulnerability, and vibrancy on the path to finding one’s true self.
Why This Is So Important
“In Canada, and Vancouver specifically, we as a society are grappling with the ongoing marginalization of transgender people in a very real way,” says co-director Cameron Mackenzie, Artistic and Executive Director of Zee Zee Theatre. “From exclusionary bathroom policies across the country to the Vancouver Rape Relief centre’s refusal to offer services to transgender women, it is clear that we need to be further exposed to the voices in this community. Trans people are 1.6 times more likely to experience physical violence against them; Trans Scripts is an opportunity to bear witness and be reminded that, no matter our differences, all humans deserve respect and dignity.”
Why You Should See It
“We are all enriched by a diversity of cultures and narratives, and the more we allow ourselves to experience other perspectives through storytelling — especially the stories not often heard — the better we become as individuals and as a society.” Co-director Fay Nass, Artistic Director of The Frank Theatre
The Cast (Photos by Tina Krueger Kulic)
Multidisciplinary East Vancouver artist Josie Boyce:
Mental health worker Carolynn Dimmer
Writer, producer, and actor Amy Fox
Activist and tech industry consultant Morgane Oger
2-spirit trans recording artist and festival fixture Quanah Style
Illustrator, graphic novelist, and blogger Sabrina Symington;
and YouTube star and Miss International Queen 2019 contestant Julie Vu