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Modest Tickets

Modest Tickets

29 Jun 2023 - 15 Jul 2023
Discover how painter Elizabeth Thompson fought to make her voice heard.

Modest Information

“Cause here she comes. She’s the baddest, bitchin’ babe of art”

In 1874 Elizabeth Thompson 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 – including her suffragette sister – while fighting for her place at a table full of top hats, ties and mutton chop beards.

Theatre, music hall and drag king swagger collide as Modest brings you a Victorian art scene superstar.

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, set design by QianEr Jin and costume design by Terry Herfield, Modest is co-directed by Luke Skilbeck (Milk Presents) and Paul Smith (Middle Child).

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Assisted Performances

Audio Described: Thursday 13 July, 7.30pm
Captioned: Monday 10 July, 7.30pm
Relaxed: Wednesday 12 July, 2.30pm
Touch Tour: Thursday 13 July, 6pm

Run time

2hrs 20mins (incl. interval)

Opening date

June 29th, 2023

Closing date

July 15th, 2023


Drag, Musicals



Cast and creative

By: Ellen Brammar
Director: Luke Skilbeck, Paul Smith
Cast list: Emer Dineen, LJ Parkinson aka LoUis CYfer, Fizz Sinclair, Isabel Adomakoh Young, Jacqui Bardelang, Libra Teejay
Design: QianEr Jin
Costume: Terry Herfield
Lighting: Jessie Addinall
Sound: Eliyana Evans

Our review