About Modest

Music hall, theatre and drag king swagger collide as Modest brings you Elizabeth Thompson – megastar of the Victorian art scene.

In 1874 Elizabeth stuns the Royal Academy with her painting, Roll Call. Five years later, she falls two votes short of becoming the first woman elected to the academy.

In between, she must shoulder the hopes and dreams of women across the country, while fighting for her place at a table full of top hats, ties and mutton chop beards.

Performed by a cast featuring the UK’s hottest drag talent, this electrifying new play will break your heart and start a revolution.

Written by Ellen Brammar (I Hate Alone) with music by Rachel Barnes, Modest is a good night out co-directed by Luke Skilbeck (Milk Presents) and Paul Smith (Middle Child). It features movement direction by Tamar and Jo, set design by QianEr Jin, costume design by Terry Herfield and sound design by Eliyana Evans.

Modest is a collaboration between Hull-based Middle Child and artist-led Milk Presents (JOAN, Trans Filth and Joy), two award-winning companies, developed with the support of the National Theatre’s Generate programme.

Tue 23 May – 7.30pm
Wed 24 May – 2.00pm, 7.30pm (with post-show Q&A)
Thu 25 May – 7.30pm
Fri 26 May – 7.30pm (BSL interpreted)
Sat 27 May – 2.00pm, 7.30pm

Event Dates & Times

Tue 23 May 2023
Wed 24 May 2023
Thu 25 May 2023
Fri 26 May 2023
Sat 27 May 2023



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