LGBT highlights from Edinburgh Fringe 2010

This article is from 2010

LGBT highlights from Edinburgh Fringe 2010

Susan Calman

Allan Radcliffe casts an eye over the LGBT-interest shows arriving at the world’s biggest arts festival

The List’s LGBT section is about to take a well-earned break (returning in September, folks), but before we head off on our holidays, there’s just time to let you know about some of the gay-friendly stuff that’s appearing at a Fringe Festival near you this August.

As ever there’s a great mix of comedy, including not one but two shows from Scottish funny woman Susan Calman, who will be presenting a lunchtime chat show, Susan Calman Chats Up (Just the Tonic at the Caves) and a stand-up show Constantly Seeking Susan (Underbelly), as well as appearances from Fringe favourites Stephen K Amos (Pleasance Courtyard) and Paul Foot (Underbelly).

The theatre programme has a great mix of LGBT-themed fare, including BBC award-winning coming-out drama The Gay Geese (C Central) and a stage adaptation of Scott Heim’s highly acclaimed novel Mysterious Skin (Gilded Balloon), about sexuality, desire and friendship, best known from the Gregg Araki-directed film version. Meanwhile, Australia’s most highly regarded indigenous performer Noel Tovey presents a gripping story of a man’s salvation through the power of art, Little Black B**tard and Grant Smeaton’s Bette/Cavett (Zoo Roxy), a theatrical reimagining of a celebrated Bette Davis TV interview, which triumphed at last year’s Glasgay! makes its Edinburgh debut.

If that’s not camp enough for you, take a look at Reel to Real: the Movies Musical (Pleasance Courtyard), in which clips from classic movie musicals are melded with live performance and an engaging story. Thoroughly Modern Willie (C Chambers Street), meanwhile, is the latest outrageous, big-hearted mix of comedy and music from those ultra-talented boys in the London Gay Men’s Chorus. And if it’s an oldie-but-goodie you seek Rocky Horror Night (Frankenstein’s Pub) is the perfect excuse to dig out your basque and suspenders and get down to the ‘Time Warp’.


1. larry4 Aug 2010, 5:03pm Report

Fantastic selection of shows...!

Wondering if I could add my 2pence. I noticed in the programme a few other GLBT-related shows that may be a bit more alternative - or less mainstream - than the ones highlighted in this article but I'd say still deserve attention...

For example, variety shows like "Eat Your Heart Out" at C Aquila, "Hairy Pretty Things" at Fingers Piano Bar and "The Magic Faraway Travel Agency" at Cabaret Voltaire; queer spoken word shows like Ernesto Sarezale's "In the Name of the flesh", at the Banshee Labyrinth (Cinema) or Cat Brogan & Sophia Blackwell's OUTSpoken, at the Banshee Labyrinth (Banqueting Hall)....

And more that I am sure I am forgetting now...

Truly exciting!

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