Wednesday , 12 December 2018

Culture

Bear Hug – Fun, promising farce

Bear Hug

Bear Hug is a gleefully old-fashioned, farce about sexuality in the 21st Century. Written by Rory Mackenzie and performed by Mermaids Performing Arts Fund, it is a smart and funny, with sharp performances, and many witty laugh out loud lines and moments. The basic plot revolves around the parents of shy university graduate Alex, and his fear of telling the ...

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KRD Strip: (and what) A Place to Stand!

KRD Strip

I really do not know where to start with this review, except state, right up front: that I came from a place of almost complete ignorance about what to except, even after getting a great wee interview speaking to those involved in the production (- which will be a later article). I know little about dance, and music, I know ...

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Shouldve been a Popstar – charmingly bitchy and funny

Stephen Bailey

Stephen Bailey is one of those camp, charmingly bitchy and very funny stand-up comedians. The sort, that despite his very filthy mind, you could happily take home to your parents. Mainly because he would join in with them in taking the piss out of you, as he ably demonstrates in his show Should’ve been a Popstar. His comedic style is very ...

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Belfast Boy – beautifully written and performed

Belfast Boy

Belfast Boy is a beautifully written and performed play based around the life of a caring and warm-hearted, yet deeply troubled, gay Irishman called Martin Hall, portrayed by Greg Fossard, who initially spent his childhood in Northern Ireland during the darker days of its more recent history before he and his family up-sticks to England. As we, the audience, get ...

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REVIEW: DIVE!: C U Next Tuesday Cabaret

DIVE! Cabaret

The show began fashionably late – as every self-respecting cabaret should. That only added to the audience’s feverish anticipation for it as Dive! is quickly becoming an institution in Edinburgh’s LGBTI+ nightlife. When compere Miss Annabel Sings opened the show, she capitalised on that buzz and stoked it further.  She was a superb ringmistress for her circus, and she also ...

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SQIFF 2015 Announces First Film

Dyke Hard

The UK Premiere of Dyke Hard – a raucous, lo-fi high-camp adventure from Sweden- will open the first ever Scottish Queer International Film Festival on the 24th September at the CCA in Glasgow. In Dyke Hard a failed lesbian rock group try to revive their fortunes by travelling to a Battle of the Bands competition in the big city. Along the ...

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The Sad End of Hector MacDonald

Major General Sir Hector Archibald MacDonald (1853–1903), KCB, DSO by Ernest H. Longdon.

‘Fighting Mac’, Major General Sir Hector Archibald MacDonald, Knight Commander of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order, Aide de Camp, Doctor of Laws, was a name on everyone’s lips in the closing years of Victoria’s reign. Born near the Highland village of Conon Bridge in 1853, he joined the ‘Gay Gordons’ as a teenager, commencing a meteoric rise through army ranks ...

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A queer eye on Merchant City Festival

Merchant City Festival Glasgow

KaleidoScot casts a queer eye on Glasgow’s Merchant City Festival, we sampled the cultural, arty and culinary delights and are here to tell about it! Art, street theatre, Camp Cooks, theatrical arty hairdressing in lavish costumes, rainbow slushes, tasty food, Belgian Beer, free film screenings, music, what more can queer want? Ok… lets not make this list too exhaustive, but ...

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Queer highlights of Edinburgh Fringe 2015

Edinburgh Fringe

This year’s Edinburgh Fringe Festival features fifty plus queer themed shows, KaleidoScot explores some of them for the LGBTI festival goers. Some of the highlights include contemporary dance with a genderqueer theme Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls (12th to 22nd August at DanceBase) that I set in “a world where masculinity and femininity are unrelated to male and female forms”. ...

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Glasgow writer Kirsty Logan long-listed for LGBT book prize

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Glasgow based author Kirsty Logan’s collection of short stories “The Rental Heart” has been long-listed for the Polari First Book Prize 2015. The longlist of the 10 books on the run to win this year’s award was announced this week at the Polari Literary Salon in London’s Southbank Centre. The Polari First Book Prize, now in its fifth year, is ...

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