The new play by Travis Alabanza is set to run at the theatre from the 8th to the 22nd December.

(c) Elise Rose

The Bush Theatre has confirmed that transgender actress, writer, and poet Reece Lyons will be playing the role of Rosie in Overflow, a new monologue by acclaimed writer and performer Travis Alabanza (Jubilee, Burgerz).

Directed by Debbie Hannan, the production will be the first to play at the theatre following the lifting of national restrictions that are currently in place. It was also confirmed that Overflow will be filmed, with details of the digital release coming in the next few weeks.

Reece Lyons is a Roundhouse resident artist where her work has previously gone viral and has been watched by over four million people online. Select credits include HANNA (Amazon Prime); Life & Rhymes (Sky Arts); Fierce Sisters (Mimbre). 

Talking about the production writer Travis Alabanza said, ‘I feel so excited to have my next show ‘Overflow‘ at a theatre like the Bush, with a director as incredible as Debbie and a lead as talented as Reece Lyons. The last five years have seen such a horrifying increase in how this country treats trans people, so it feels deeply important to create work and art that allows us to take up space on main stages, and tell our own stories. With so much of the media, political landscape, and online sphere dominated by people speaking for us, art and performance is a place for us to take back the mic and speak on our terms – with all the different shades and textures that comes with. I am so excited for ‘Overflow’ to be part of the ever-growing and vibrant trans theatrical canon.’

Cornered into a flooding toilet cubicle and determined not to be rescued again, Rosie distracts herself with memories of bathroom encounters, drunken heart-to-hearts by dirty sinks, friendships forged in front of crowded mirrors, and hiding from trouble.

But with her panic rising and no help on its way, can she keep her head above water?

From internationally acclaimed writer and one of the UK’s most prominent trans voices, Travis Alabanza (Burgerz), comes a hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms.

Overflow will play at the Bush Theatre from the 8th to the 22nd December.