Kate O'Donnell presents

Hayley and Me

Thursday 22nd November, 7.30pm

Tickets on sale soon.

Coronation Street’s Hayley Cropper appeared in our living rooms three times a week. Though well loved, she was slightly overlooked. Bringing Hayley back into the limelight, this cabaret takes a nostalgic look at the impact of this classic character, her place in trans history and the links between her Coronation Street storylines and
their relationship to Kate’s own journey. Expect visuals, a little audience interaction, a lot of Spice Girls and a very iconic anorak.

"She holds the audience in the palm of her hand, keeping you on the verge of tears or uncontrollable laughter at any given moment" Upstaged Manchester

Written and performed by award-winning transgender performer, activist, theatre and cabaret maker Kate O’Donnell, Hayley & Me explores the themes of visibility, expectations, LGBT progress, escapism and a lack of visible role models or “rule book” for transgender people.

"Furiously funny" Sunday Times Style Magazine


Kate O’Donnell is an award-winning transgender performer, activist, theatre and cabaret maker.
She is the Artistic Director of Trans Creative, a newly formed trans creative, trans positive, trans led theatre company based in Manchester supported by Arts Council England’s Elevate Fund (2016-2019). Kate creates entertaining, political performances, which celebrate theatricality and exude pride and strength in being a transgender woman.

Trans Creative recently curated and staged Trans Vegas – a 4-day Arts festival showcasing work by, for and with trans artists.  This was funded by Arts Council England and supported by Manchester Pride.

Kate’s previous work includes the award winning autobiographical solo show Big Girls Blouse, Boy Meets Girl (BBC), Hush (a musical developed with Lift Festival and performed at The Royal Exchange), Mum (BFI Flare Festival), and Twelfth Night (The Royal Exchange). Kate is involved in significant outreach, sitting on panels, hosting events and working with a number of trans charities. In 2015 she won the Be Proud Special Achievement Award, the Brighton Fringe LGBTQ Award and the LGBT Foundation Hero Award.

This 30 minute show will be followed by a Q&A session with performer Kate O'Donnell