A transgender man from Oldham is set to tour the country in a show that shines a light on working-class trans lives. 

Jaden Adams grew up on a council estate and worked as a gas engineer and plumber. 

Once a promising drama student at Manchester College, he felt something just wasn't right playing female roles.

Unaware of his body dysphoria, the 29-year-old convinced himself he just needed a ‘proper’ job and dropped out. 

The Oldham Times: Jaden Adams as 'Jack'Jaden Adams as 'Jack' (Image: Sara Teiger Freelance PR)

It wasn't until he was 25 that Jaden recognised he was not just uncomfortable with playing a woman on the stage, but also in the rest of his life, and that he was, in fact, a transgender man. 

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The revelation finally gave Jaden a sense of peace and coming home.

Jaden is now three years into his transition, which he has funded himself due to lengthy waiting lists for NHS support. 

Now Jaden feels comfortable in his own body for the first time, which has brought a new level of confidence he previously thought he could only dream of.

Jaden realised the acting bug had never left him, but with a shortage of opportunities for trans male actors, he once again had to take things into his own hands and create his own role. 

The Oldham Times: Jaden Adams wearing a binderJaden Adams wearing a binder (Image: Courtesy of The Camden Fringe)

Jaden’s solo show, called Transparency, plays at 53two in Manchester on July 7 and at the Salford Arts Theatre on July 8 as part of the Greater Manchester Fringe Festival.

Tickets cost £10 are available from Ticketsource for both Manchester and Salford.

The show will then head down to London’s Camden People’s Theatre and Upstairs at the Gatehouse in August, before embarking on a national tour in September. 

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In the show, written by Jaden with support from writer Mary Cooper and director Francesca Murray Fuentes, Jaden plays Jack, a 23-year-old forklift driver.

The Oldham Times: Jaden Adams as 'Maria'Jaden Adams as 'Maria' (Image: Sara Teiger Freelance PR)

A misunderstanding leads his mum to discover he is trans before he is ready to come out.

The fallout initially blows the family apart and leaves Jack struggling to navigate other aspects of his life. 

During the performance, Jaden also takes on the roles of three family members and a work colleague, two of whom are male and two female. 

Jaden said: “Transparency is about what it is like to be northern, working class and trans.

"It uses radical honesty and emotive content to explore family dynamics, romantic relationships and what it means to be a man. 

“The characters are based on people I have met, but Transparency is not biographical.

“Although there are some crossovers from my life experience the story isn't directly my story, but a kind of composite of trans experiences. 

“But everything that Jack has to deal with in the show - the misgendering, the transphobic slurs, coming out at work in a very traditionally male environment, and constant intrusive questioning - that's all my lived experience.” 

Jaden is keen to stress that the struggles his character Jack has with his family do not reflect his own experience.

He said: “My coming out did initially cause a few waves in the family. We've had to adjust together and have difficult conversations.

“Things are getting much better. My parents are looking forward to coming to see the show."