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Sitting alone in a silent room, a man looks back on a life spent searching for the courage to truly be himself. Stella is inspired by the scandalous life and lonely death of Ernest Boulton, a music-hall artist who lived and worked as a woman in Victorian London and was punished for his success with arrest and disgrace. Neil Bartlett is an acclaimed British theatre director whose work includes both controversial performance pieces and work for the National Theatre. Stella is a theatrical look back at a life lived in times very different from our own; a passionate message sent from the past to the present.