August is nearly upon us, and of course, living in Edinburgh, it would be stupid of us not to mention “Festival”. (Probably not quite) billions of tourists flock to this wee city for the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest and likely most famous arts festival in the world. There is so much going on throughout the month of August – the Fringe guide with details of all the shows gets more overwhelming every year as the festival continues to grow: last year, there were 2,542 shows over 25 days.
Despite that, though, Carley and I have managed to sift through all 300-odd pages of the guide and book ourselves some tickets, keeping our eyes peeled for anything that seemed LGBT related in any way to pass on to you, our lovely readers. This is not a comprehensive set of recommendations, but it should provide a good starting point for anyone looking to see some queer performances.
We’ve got tickets to see Hannah Gadsby’s show, “Hannah Wants a Wife” on Thursday, and we are both very excited for this one. We watched this video, and I bellyached my way through the whole thing – she is hilarious. Tasmanian-born Gadsby doesn’t make a secret of her sexuality, and while her show is not billed as being strictly LGBT-themed, there do seem to be queer undertones – just check the title, even!
Another one to go in the “lesbian comedian that has awesome hair” column is Canadian DeAnne Smith. Similarly, her show “Livin’ The Sweet Life” isn’t tagged as LGBT, but if YouTube videos are anything to go by, it should be a great show with some gay jokes and sarcastic ukulele tunes. We are going to see her next Tuesday.
We don’t have tickets for anything else that I would put in explicity in an LGBT category, however the following shows caught my eye as I was thumbing through the Fringe guide:
- “Confessions of a Grindr Addict” pretty much does what it says on the tin. Sure, this is a comedic play about the gay, male dating scene, but if you’re anything like me, I bet you’re curious at to what really goes on with Grindr.
- On a more serious note, “Nggrfg” is a solo play about growing-up, and dealing with the backlash of both homophobia and racism.
- “Gay Straight Alliance” is a stand-up show by two New Yorkers, and offering both gay and straight perspectives. This one is free, and worth a shout if you’re looking for some late night LGBT laughs.
- Finally, Scotland’s leading LGBT choir “Loud and Proud” are doing one date right at the end of the month, so if a cappella singing is your thing, I’d get in there quick – they always sell out!
This is just a small selection – you can search on the Fringe website and filter your results so you just get shows tagged LGBT. There are a good few things going on this festival, many of which are free (always a bonus).
If anyone is planning on being in Edinburgh this August, do get in touch! We’re always more than happy to give advice about the city generally, and we’d love to know what you’re going to be up to.