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Alice d’Lumiere’s

Get Completely Frocked Up!

“Illuminating Alice” is a deeply personal work; primarily examining the performer’s own challenges and experiences, nevertheless Alice also runs a series of workshops designed to discuss and positively promote the wider transgender experience. The workshops can explore a number of perspectives; from creating art out of personal narratives, dressmaking for Transwomen, to cross-dressing in performance.

Alice d’Lumiere’s Turnabout Tea

Ladies as Gentlemen! To accompany her performance of “Illuminating Alice” writer, actress and part time MtoF Retro Girl Miss Alice d’Lumiere presents a fun afternoon exploring themes of gender reversal, cross-dressing and changing personal identity. All will take place in a supportive and silly environment; a chance to meet up, dress-up, express oneself and generally be fabulous!


Alice d’Lumiere invites you to touch up your lipstick, straighten your nylons and slip into your fullest fifties frock for her Turnabout Tea - and what’s more, some of the women might wish to do likewise... Welcoming transgender, cisgender and anyone with an open mind and a sense of fun... Cross-dressing,or retro attire is not required to get in, dress as you feel comfortable just bring your sense of toleration and liberation! Find your voice and start talking.

The Tea Party can provide an accessible jumping off point for discussions of gender and identity; whilst enjoying music, tea and oodles of cake!

 Alice d’Lumiere’s Frocked-up Sewing Circle

 Alice d’Lumiere makes all her own dresses; mind you at six foot two she has to! So join Alice for a lesson in dressmaking and come away with some skills to help make your own. Whether you’re TG and your chromosomes make it difficult to find a cute little retro number that fits, a genetic girl who doesn’t know her twill tape from her bias binding, or even a proficient sewer looking for some additional tailoring tricks, Alice will endeavour to help.


The event’s not just about making frocks; it’s about exploring what it means to live in them. Welcoming transgender, cisgender and anyone else with an open mind and a sense of fun… Cross-dressing, or retro attire is not required to get in; dress only as you feel comfortable. Just bring your sense of toleration and liberation!


Attendees can also take sewing equipment, or projects on the go should you wish to stitch and natter.

Turnabout Tea Frocked-Up Sewing Circle Workshops

“Illuminating Alice” - Audience Feedback

“You nailed it! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself and giving me lots to talk and think about too.” Emma Mordue

“Hi Alice. Loved your show at Norwich Arts Centre this evening. I felt extremely moved by the grace, honesty and positivity of your story. And I loved the singing…  Thanks so much for bringing your show to Norwich. I wish you all the best with your future creative adventures.” Su Squire

“It was thought provoking,  entertaining and intriguing. Also your singing was fine especially in the second song which really suited your voice.

I admired the vulnerability you brought to the performance and I was very happy to hear about all the work/ opportunities / friendships that have developed for you since letting Alice out to play... Well done and thank you.” Lisa Eureka

“A fabulous evening in Norwich last night at 'Illuminating Alice' with the gorgeous Alice d'Lumiere, we're really looking forward to [THE TURNABOUT TEA] on Saturday. I went to both the Turnabout Tea and the Sewing Circle when they were held in Colchester last year: both of them were great fun, with a lovely relaxed and inclusive atmosphere, and I met some lovely people (and ate some lovely cake!), as well as learning a lot. This year they are both on the same day, in the fine city of Norwich. I can't recommend them, or indeed Norwich, highly enough.” Jess