LGBTQ+ shows to see at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017
- Arusa Qureshi
- 10 July 2017
This article is from 2017
Drag queens, spoken word, performance art and more to catch this August
Every year, the Fringe brings a huge selection of acts to the city, from the weird and wonderful to the moving and downright hilarious. But in amongst all that comedy, theatre and music are a number of talented LGBTQ+ performers that deserve your attention for their wide-ranging styles, innovative shows and inspiring stories. We've rounded-up some of the LGBTQ+ acts and shows that we're most looking forward to during the Fringe, to highlight just a small slice of the diverse entertainment on offer this August.
Theatre / Spoken Word
Lilith: The Jungle Girl
A witty and satirical tale from Australian queer theatre-makers Sisters Grimm, that delves into themes of colonialism and assimilation.
Lilith: The Jungle Girl, Traverse Theatre, Tue 3–Sun 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21).
Eve / Adam
The National Theatre of Scotland have programmed two plays which feature the powerful stories of trans people and their lives. In Eve, playwright and performer Jo Clifford takes us through her journey from boyhood to the present day, while Adam follows the story of a young trans man in Egypt, with a score sung by a virtual choir of trans and non-binary individuals from all over the world.
Adam, Traverse Theatre, Sat 5–Sun 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21).
Eve, Traverse Theatre, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug (not 7, 14, 21).
Kate O'Donnell, the artistic director of Trans Creative, which is the UK's first transgender-led theatre company, presents a show about her experiences as a trans woman, highlighting the ups and downs of transitioning through song, dance and humour.
You've Changed, Summerhall, Sat 5–Sat 26 Aug (not 9, 16, 23), 8.30pm.
Prime Cut Productions' drama is about first love from the perspective of a gender-curious teen, exploring how life can be different and easier online when compared to the real world.
Scorch, Summerhall, Mon 21–Sun 27 Aug (not 22), 10.45am.
Let Me Look at You
Starving Artists Theatre Company bring a new solo production to the Fringe which looks at gay history and culture through the misadventures of a 50-something gay man, questioning whether things have really changed in the 50 years since the Sexual Offences Act.
Let Me Look At You, Pleasance Courtyard, Wed 2–Mon 28 Aug (not 14), 11.15am.
Hannah Raymond-Cox uses her talents in spoken word to tell the story of one woman's search for community, broaching topics like mental health, queer culture and belonging in the process.
Polaris, 52 Canoes, Fri 4–Mon 28 Aug (not 10, 17, 24), 2.45pm.
Cabaret / Music / Dance
Dive Queer Party bring together cabaret artists, speakers and special guests for a series of 'Party Political Broadcasts', where queer identity and history is celebrated with extra special performances.
Rainbow Soapbox, Traverse Theatre, Mon 7, 14 and 21 Aug, 10am.
Join host Pollyfilla for a free fun-filled showcase of drag, comedy, music, performance art and more, and expect to find edgy, filthy cabaret craziness that you won't see anywhere else.
Pollyanna, Wed 2–Thu 24 Aug (not 4, 5, 11, 12, 18, 19), 11pm.
Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz
Drag superstar and former RuPaul's Drag Race runner-up makes her Fringe debut with a show all about Australia, featuring some familiar songs, a whole lot of dancing and a few surprises along the way.
Courtney Act: The Girl from Oz, Underbelly's Circus Hub on the Meadows, Sun 13–Sat 26 Aug (not 14, 16 21), 6pm; Underbelly, George Square, Tue 22 Aug, 11.45pm.
Physical theatre piece Out is a powerful collaboration between writer Rachael Young and choreographer Dwayne Antony that works to challenge homophobia and transphobia in Caribbean communities.
Out, Underbelly, Cowgate, Tue 8–Sun 13 Aug, 10.40pm.
Loud and Proud on the Fringe
Loud and Proud, Scotland's LGBT choir return to the Fringe once again for their annual concert to raise money for Scottish HIV and Hepatitis C charity, Waverley Care. Expect everything from pop classics and gospel numbers to Scottish songs and show tunes.
Loud and Proud on the Fringe, St Cuthbert's Church, Sat 19 Aug, 7.30pm.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert
The much-loved musical based on the hit movie follows two drag queens and a trans woman as they travel across the Australia desert in their 'budget Barbie campervan', with a soundtrack of classic anthems including 'I Will Survive' and 'It's Raining Men'.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Greenside @ Royal Terrace, Fri 4–Sat 12 Aug, 10pm.
Afternoon T With Georgia Tasda
Star of the London drag scene Georgia Tasda comes to Edinburgh with a new show where she brings all T and all shade in an hour of free gender-bending comedy.
Afternoon T With Georgia Tasda, Thu 3–Fri 25 Aug (not 4, 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20).
Fabulous host Wayne Carter presents a hilarious night of comedy featuring stars from the cabaret, burlesque and comedy scenes picked especially for each night.
Gayshit, Just the Tonic at The Caves, Thu 3–Sat 26 Aug (not 14), 10.30pm.
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows
Fringe sensation Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho is back once again for a fun game show packed with songs, games and catchphrases as well as lots of audience participation.
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Game Shows, Assembly George Square Gardens, Thu 3–Sun 27 Aug, 9pm.
James Adomian: Lacking Character
Stand-up comic James Adomian is known for being a great impressionist and his latest show, Lacking Character, merges his many characters with his real voice in an exploration of pop culture and politics from a queer perspective.
James Adomian: Lacking Character, Gilded Balloon Teviot, Wed 2–Sun 27 Aug, 9.15pm.
Aaron Twitchen: Curtain Twitchen
Stories of friendship and love mixed with aerial skills and circus stunts as well as a power-pop soundtrack make up this fusion comedy show from Aaron Twitchen.
Aaron Twitchen: Curtain Twitchen, C Venues – C South, Thu 3–Mon 28 Aug (not 15), 6.50pm.
Mindy Raf: Keeping My Kidneys
American comedian Mindy Raf presents a show where she demystifies the ideas of love, loss and sexuality, using her trademark storytelling to examine the complexities of the roles we play in stereotypical modern relationships.
Mindy Raf: Keeping My Kidneys, Rose Theatre, Wed 2–Mon 28 Aug, 7.15pm.