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LGBTQ+ shows to see at Underbelly during the Fringe 2018
Courtney Act: Under the Covers
Highlights include Courtney Act, Little Death Club and Rhys Nicholson
The Fringe was built by people on the margins and every year, in its commitment to inclusion, the Festival delivers an incredible display of creative talent that spans genres, cultures, and more spectrums that you could think of. This year is no different, and in particular, the selection of LGBTQ+ shows coming to the Fringe 2018 is set to blow your socks off. One of the 'big four' Edinburgh Festival venues, Underbelly, is steadfast in its commitment to providing a space at the Fringe that allows self-expression and diverse voices to flourish. With the Underbelly's programme of LGBTQ+ shows, expect to re-think dominant power structures, mull over modern society's biggest issues and of course dance, sing and have the most outrageous fun. So wave your rainbow flag and get down to see these shows, because at Underbelly this August it's all about inclusion, diversity and equality.
Courtney Act: Under the Covers
The drag queen superstar is back at the Fringe this year and this time in the intimate setting of her satin bed covers. The fishy queen strips back songs to reinvent them and show how fluid a song can be – just like gender! Get ready for a sexy pillow fight.
Courtney Act: Under the Covers, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Fri 3–Sat 18 Aug (not 7, 8, 13), 6pm, £18–£21 (£17–£20).
Dandy Darkly's All Aboard
New York City's finest satirist is back with a horror-filler sleaze-athon fit for those who love everything freaky. Dandy invites the audience aboard his Gaybird Steamer for a late-night session of storytelling filled with searing satire and comedy complemented by his live band.
Dandy Darkly's All Aboard!, Underbelly Bristo Square, Thu 2-Mon 27 Aug (not 13), 11.10pm, £9.80- £10.80 (£8.80-£9.80).
Eli Matthewson: The Year of Magical F*cking
Millennials are the first generation to be worse off than their parents and this doesn't just relate to monetary terms – turns out they are worse off in the sex department too. New Zealander and comedian Eli Matthewson doesn't think this is very fair so in his new show, he is making a plea to the sexless generation.
Eli Matthewson: The Year of Magical F*cking, Underbelly George Square, Wed 1-Mon 27 Aug (not 13), 9.20pm, £9.80-£10.80 (£8.80-£9.80).
Les Odalisques, made up of graduates from international classical dance institutions, present a gay and glamorous cabaret gala that follows two starlets who are overlooked for a new star on the block. The show subverts everything you thought you knew about classical ballet and promises that it will 'woo you into submission'.
Full Throttle, Underbelly Cowgate, Tue 14-Sun 19 Aug, 8.30pm, £10.80-£11.80 (£9.90-£10.90).
Hot Gay Time Machine
The two hot gays take a whirlwind journey through the pivotal moments in a gay man's life like coming out, penis' and gay marriage all the while illustrated by original musical numbers. Last year the pair won an array of awards and this year may well be no different.
Hot Gay Time Machine, Underbelly Cowgate, Thu 2-Sun 26 Aug (not 13), 10 pm, £7.20-£11.80 (£6.20-£10.80).
Joe Sutherland: Toxic
Joe Sutherland fights gender roles and masculinity head-on in this stand-up show about channelling your inner girl power in order to create your own kind of masculinity. He deals with growing up, the Spice Girls and calling bullshit on gender roles with razor-sharp critique.
Joe Sutherland: Toxic, Underbelly Bristo Square, Wed 1-Mon 27 Aug (not 14), 8.10pm, £7.30-£10.80 (£6.20-£9.80).
Little Death Club
Provocative cabaret from the mistress of mayhem herself, Bernie Dieter, who takes over the Spiegeltent to set the place alight. Her show includes circus, fire-breathing, a jazz band and a whole lot of inappropriate and sexy content. A guaranteed night of debauchery.
Little Death Club, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Fri 3-Sat 25 Aug (not 13), 8pm, £10.80-£15.80 (£9.80-£14.80).
Like a Sturgeon
Lip-syncing star Ripley parodies the political women of the moment like Theresa May, Melania Trump and Nicola Sturgeon – to try and explain just what is going on in politics. The mix of drag, pop music and political parodies is mixed with interesting projected visuals and her unique humour.
Like a Sturgeon, Underbelly Cowgate, Mon 20-Sun 26 Aug, 8.30pm, £10.80-£11.80 (£9.80-£10.80).
Rhys Nicholson – Seminal
In Rhys Nicholson's new show he makes light of his drunken proposal to his sober boyfriend and the realisation that he had to make good of it when his home country Australia legalised gay marriage. Expect witticisms and gags centred on life as part of the LGBTQ+ community.
Rhys Nicholson – Seminal, Underbelly Bristo Square, Fri 2-Sun 26 Aug, 9.05pm, £8.30-£13.30 (£7.30-£12.30).
Sex Shells brings their big camp musical comedy quartet to Edinburgh to really get the festival party started. The show is a cabaret extravaganza of music, sketches, choreography and cult-gay hits. They promise Simon and Garfunkel at the GUM clinic and Barbara Cartland on Grindr.
Sex Shells, Underbelly Cowgate, Thu 2-Sun 26 Aug, 9.20pm, £7.80-£11.80 (£6.80-£10.80).