A Tranny On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown visits 2014 Edinburgh Free Fringe

Detroit showgirl talks boy troubles in a stripped down storytelling music show

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This article is from 2014.

A Tranny On The Verge Of A Nervous Breakdown set for series of performances at 2014 Edinburgh Free Fringe Festival

After last year’s hit show A Tranny is Born, Mzz Kimberly knows she has a lot to live up to. ‘I’m scared as hell,’ admits the Detroit singer. ‘Last year I had rollerskates and videos showing – this year it’s just me.’

A Tranny on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown may be stripped down compared to 2013’s extravaganza, but it’s still packed with jazz, gospel and show tunes, plus ‘stories about relationships with men from her hometown’. Mzz Kimblerly’s not afraid of causing controversy either. Reclaiming a transphobic slur in her show title hasn’t sat easily with the entire LGBT community, but she says it’s essential to her show. ‘I wanted to talk about the word “tranny” and being a trans woman. It’s a fun show but I wanted it to be a bit educational.’

In the wake of Orange is the New Black’s openly trans actress Laverne Cox heralding what Time magazine claimed is a ‘transgender tipping point’ in terms of public attitudes and media representation, she’s finding attitudes are changing. ‘I’m treated with so much respect at the Fringe,’ she raves. ‘I’m so glad they asked me back.’

With a setlist full of exciting new material, so are we.

Voodoo Rooms, 556 7060, 3–25 Aug (not 11, 18), 6.15pm, free.

Tranny on the verge of a nervous breakdown

This article is from 2014.

A Tranny On the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown

Mzz Kimberley from Detroit brings an evening of stories told with songs. This evening is full of jazz, blues, rock, gospel, torch and soul. Expect fun surprises.

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