Q&A: Transparency

We spoke to writer and performer Jaden Adams all about the upcoming play presented by Breakdown Theatre Company making its way to the theatre this month!

Read on to find out more about the brutally honest solo show about growing up trans in a northern
working-class family coming to The Edge on Saturday 30th September at 8 pm

First things first, can you tell us a little more about Transparency and the kinds of themes/subjects it delves into? What can audiences look forward to expect? 

Transparency explores the unfiltered truths around transition within a family dynamic. Raw, real insight into what the family really thinks and allowing them space to have it. We highlight masculinity and what it means to be a “man” today?, falling in love as a transman, and what that brings with it. The turmoil of not fitting in where you “should” fit in. Finding yourself within the darkness and taking the biggest step into the unknown. As said in a review from our audience- “This is a show about learning to love – both others and importantly yourself. Love has the power to change the world. This is a story for now – everyone needs to see it.” 

How did you navigate balancing the more serious themes against the more comedic elements?

There is a particular scene that is personally triggering for Jack but the topic he is discussing with the audience is hilarious and really, ideally shouldn’t concern his nan…but it does. The humour came naturally in raw moments, often like it does in life when we are forced to face reality and all we can do is laugh and throw our heads in our hands in disbelief. 

What inspired you to write Transparency and what do you think is the impact of it being a solo show?

I was inspired by the polarisation that is taking place currently in our world around the existence of transgender people. I wanted to highlight the humanity that is being lost. I wanted a fresh approach to the for or against arguments. I wanted to show life AS IT IS for a family moving through tough times and a young man trying to find his way. Jack is Transgender but he is also more than that. Being a trans male myself, writing from radically different perspectives and playing 5 different characters one being a maternal mother has been quite a journey for me. Triggering and rewarding. I simply hope people realise their limitless potential for growth and ability to find empathy with someone even if they disagree with them.

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