Live Fringe


Tan Liting (Singapore)

11 – 14 January 2017, 8pm

14 January 2017, 3pm

15 January 2017, 3pm

Black Box, Centre 42

70 min with no intermission

Fringe Commission • World Premiere


$25 | $19*

*Concessions for students, NSF, senior
citizens and persons with disabilities





What does it mean to be “feminine” or “masculine” today, and can you take on shades of both?

Five characters navigate life on the fringes as they grapple with gender definitions, whether by choice or by circumstance. At best, society disregards them. At worst, they are relentlessly harassed—even viciously bullied—for being different.

Inspired by the true stories of women (and men) who relate to being butch, Pretty Butch examines feminine masculinity that is often hidden from everyday life and explores the diversity of butchness through the experiences of different people who defy gender conventions.

Pretty Butch, was developed in residence at Centre 42, under the Boiler Room and the Basement Workshop, a programme for new works and works-in-the-making.

TAN LITING is a director interested in devising performance from personal stories. Liting likes guitars, sneakers and referring to Liting in the third person. Liting is a founding member of Theatre Cell.


The label of ‘butch’ is a problematic one. Traditionally, its connotations of hyper-masculinity seem to suggest a complete lack of femininity and hold people who subscribe to the label to unrealistic standards. However, our ideas of masculinity and femininity have evolved over the years. Is being butch only skin deep? Or does being butch point to something closer to the core of the individual?