LGBT Edinburgh Fringe Highlights

This article is from 2009.

LGBT Edinburgh Fringe Highlights

Allan Radcliffe previews some of the LGBT-interest shows winging their way to Edinburgh this August

This year’s Fringe features a good scattering of shows for those of an LGBT persuasion. Theatre pleasures range from dramatic monologues such as Jeffrey Solomon’s Mother/Son (Sweet Grassmarket, pictured above), which charts the writer/performer’s developing relationship with his mother after he emerges from the closet, to all-singing all-dancing extravaganza (complete with live band no less) Little Johnny’s Big Gay Musical (Pleasance Dome). Meanwhile, Queer (Augustine’s) follows the complex love lives of a group of cabaret artists as they attempt to mount a show – why, it’s all just so postmodern, darlings!

For a bit of a laugh and a giggle, Rosy Wilbie: the Science of Sex (Sweet Grassmarket) finds the Funny Women finalist investigating all aspects of sexuality, while there are also Fringe performances from gay stand-ups Susan Calman (Underbelly) and Stephen K Amos (Pleasance Courtyard). And if it’s musical virtuosity you seek you could do worse than spend an evening in the company of Jonathan Ross’s sidekicks 4 Poofs and a Piano (Pleasance Courtyard) or the London Gay Men’s Chorus and their show Oklahoma! Far From Kansas (Sweet ECA), which features a mélange of songs from the musicals. And if you’ve never seen a genuine gay ukelele player from NYC in the flesh check out Ben Lerman’s Size Matters (Laughing Horse @ Cafe Renroc), which features a playlist of sick and twisted ditties about love, American Idol and pirates.

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2. Sally Carter29 Jul 2009, 2:06pm Report


Also add the fantastic Paul Sinha to that list. Nominated for the main award in 2006 and nominated for Best Headliner by Chortle this year, he goes from strength to strength. He's on at The Stand Comedy Club III @ 9.25pm. All tickets are under a tenner and for the thrifty previews on Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th are £7 and £5 respectively. Note, times are different. Slightly earlier than usual on Wed and mid-afternoon on Thurs. Check for details.

See you next week, Sal

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