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Speaking Out and Fitting In!

“Don’t let the world put you in a box, but do reserve the right to make an exhibition of yourself!” Alice d’Lumiere

Truelove Tours presents…“Speaking Out and Fitting In!”

Striking Performance Poetry, Disarming comedy, and a celebration of Gender Fluidity from a Transwoman playfully establishing her voice.

Alice d’Lumiere generally prefers to go unnoticed; she yearns to be an ordinary person on the train, or in the supermarket. She’s happy to be anonymous; a sensible, middle-aged woman…. However, she’s also a Writer, an Actor and a Performance Artist; and therefore cursed with an occasional, but irresistible desire to speak up, stand out and be utterly unmissable!

Alice is also gender fluid and for her existing as a part-time Transwoman makes everyday life a complex, but intriguing adventure…

“Speaking Out and Fitting In” is a solo show in striking performance poetry and disarming comedy, with flashes of cabaret and aerial burlesque, in which Alice playfully explores the wonderful, if occasionally counter-intuitive, position of the gender-fluid individual striving to both fit in to another gender whilst yearning to establish a unique, personal voice for themselves.

The show began when Alice was asked to loan one of her performance dresses to a Museum; a privilege she thought was reserved for the deceased and royalty; she then ended the year performing in public as a live Christmas Fairy. This is a celebratory piece about how delightfully queer life can be when you decide to step beyond your birth gender.


Fri 28 June, 2-3pm

How do you like to express yourself? How might you present yourself in words? Have you found a voice and form for your work, both literally and creatively? Do you perform your own work and if not would you like to?

Writer / Performer Alice d’Lumiere is running a one hour workshop on Solo Spoken Word and Performance Poetry. Running alongside her show “Speaking Out and Fitting In!” the workshop is a broad introduction to some of her working methods. Alice will share some of her current solo performance work, take a look at some classic poetry and invite you to experiment with spoken word performance of your own.

Book a Combined Show and Workshop ticket for only £9.50.

Press Reviews:

Surprises abound and she entertains with her wry humour… Burlesque, cabaret, beautiful poetry, and childhood dreams coming true is what you can expect.” FOUR STARS
Anna Hur for Sapphic Nation @ Poplar Union

Poetry funny and on point… a show that, for me, had two main strengths. The first is the voice itself. Alice and her male counterpart, Darren, explore many voices in the search for her own, there’s a terrific Eddie Izzard riff that also shows great impressionist skills too! Alice’s voice is gentle, polite, but is no less powerful, proving that a voice doesn’t need to rage to have a great impact. The second point is kindness. It’s a show created with care and compassion, and we feel welcomed into it.” FOUR STARS
Paul T. Davies for BritishTheatre.com @ Mercury Theatre

Watch the trailer… 


Written and Performed by Alice d’Lumiere
Composer – Tina Gooding
Movement Director – Angelica Bangs

“Speaking Out and Fitting In!” was co-commissioned by Colchester Arts Centre and Norwich Arts Centre. The work has been supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and assisted by the Mercury Theatre ‘Creatives’ Programme.

© 2024 Stanley Arts Charity No: 1155680