Susan Calman, Stephen K Amos and Bette/Cavett at Fringe 2010

This article is from 2010

Susan Calman, Stephen K Amos and Bette/Cavett at Fringe 2010

LGBT Edinburgh Fringe Highlights

Allan Radcliffe casts an eye over the LGBT-interest shows on their way to 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). Rivalling Calman for the chat crown is the mighty Bruce Devlin, who will be introducing his picks of the Fringe daily at the Stand, while (possibly) the UK’s only gay Asian football-loving doctor/comedian Paul Sinha will also bring his polished, razor-sharp observational material to the Stand.

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 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’.

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Susan Calman: Constantly Seeking Susan

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Thoroughly Modern Willie

Bending the rules as usual, the FFK boys once again bring their sparkling wit and glorious harmonies to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This year’s show takes the audience back to school days of old, Thoroughly Modern Willie tells the story of a group of gay school boys boarding at St Sebastian's International Finishing…

Susan Calman Chats Up...

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Reel-to-Real: The Movies Musical

  • 3 stars

Marries clips from classic Warner and MGM movie musicals with live performers and the greatest songs of Broadway. An original story that travels from glamorous New York to sumptuous China. Ages: U

Stephen K Amos - The Best Medicine

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Paul Sinha: 'Extreme Anti-White Vitriol'

  • 3 stars

Edinburgh favourite Paul Sinha has spent much of the previous decade garnering rave reviews for his self-deprecating tales of his life as a GP, lovelorn gay bachelor, quiz fanatic and social coward. This year, he doesn't want to discuss turning forty, because he has bigger fish to fry. A racist called him a racist. Paul…

Susan Calman - Constantly Seeking Susan

  • 3 stars

Let the award-winning Glaswegian fireball take you on a journey of self-discovery, self-assessment and selfishness. After all, the show is about her, not you. Bring a date! Bring a friend! Bring a stranger! Bring your pets! Bring yourself! As seen on Bafta award-winning 'Blowout' (Channel 4), 'Rab C Nesbitt' (BBC2) and…


  • 4 stars

1971. The dawn of the decade of trash. She's the 63-year-old Queen of Hollywood. He's the host who gets the guests his rivals can't get near. Meet Bette Davis. Meet Dick Cavett. Using verbatim text and studded with some hilarious 70s commercials, 'Bette/Cavett' re-imagines one of the most candid TV meetings of all time…