Samson Brown, Matthew Finlan and Athena Kaitlin Trinh. Photo by John Packman.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls

By Dave Deveau

Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls follows the story of 9-year-old Fiona who comes out as a boy and wants to be called Fin. Fin has always had this feeling – knowing something is different but not knowing what it was or how to say it. As Fin cuts his hair short and changes his name, his family works to understand and adjust to Fin’s gender identity. Dad is accepting of the change right away, but Mom doesn’t quite get it at first. Always from a place of good intentions, we see Fin’s family struggle with this change and through the course of the play ultimately begin to accept and embrace Fin for who he is.

Themes: Gender | Identity | Diversity | Equity

Often when we talk about differences, empathy and inclusion the conversations can become abstract and intellectual. The show, for me, invoked a much more grounded sense of empathy and understanding of the challenges students and their families face when kids identify their own differences. Beautifully written and performed. We definitely want to bring the show back next fall when our 7’s become next years 8’s.

TDSB Principal

Seriously fantastic! Such relatable characters that made the challenges of being trans or defying gender norms make sense.

TDSB Teacher

Production Details

2 Male

1 Female

50 minutes

Theatre for Young Audiences

Recommended for Grades 4-8

By Dave Deveau

February 11, 2011

PAST EVENT: Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls – Roseneath Theatre (ON), October 22-November 30, 2018

January 10, 2011

PAST EVENT: Ladies and Gentleman, Boys and Girls – Roseneath Theatre (ON), March 19th – May 4th, 2018

Production History

  • Premiered at Roseneath Theatre early 2018

  • The Roseneath production was nominated for three 2018 Dora Mavor Moore Awards including Outstanding New Play (TYA) – Dave Deveau

Video from the 2018 production of Ladies and Gentlemen, Boys and Girls featuring Samson Brown, Matthew Finlan and Athena Kaitlin Trinh by Endless Films.

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