Tomboy Blues - The Theory of Disappointment

A big hit at the Edinburgh festival 2011, the show toured the UK in 2011/2012.

Funny, poetic and disarmingly honest, it is a bittersweet tale of how it feels to wonder what life would be like if you weren’t who you are.


In 2010 nat was asked for 94th time if she was in the right toilet, and Rachel refound the Spiderman trainers of her youth, and so began the journey towards Tomboy Blues – The Theory of Disappointment. They began conversations with each other, academics, doctors, children, parents and audiences about when and where our childhood hopes and expectations for the future change, sexual politics, gender and whether disappointment is an inevitable by product of human existence.


This show is a powerful, visceral and blackly comic mosaic of stories of otherness. With humour, passion and poignancy, Mars.tarrab travel from glass blowing warehouses to supermarket aisles, from a female bootcamp to the scripts of ‘When Harry Met Sally’ in a quest to see where love can exist when you can’t even find yourself.

Quick-witted, original and smart.- contemporary performance at its best. This show has stayed with me for days and will for years to come. Phenomenal.

Broadway Baby

An intelligent, witty and thoroughly engaging show.

Bobby Baker, Live Artist

Witty human moving and relevant, this journey will liberate anyone.