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Tag Archives: Cathleen Lauder

Oscar Wilde Behind Bars

Wilde Without The Boy

Wilde Without the Boy is Director Gareth Armstrong’s intense dramatisation of Oscar Wilde’s famous letter, entitled ‘De Profundis’, to his on/off lover Lord Alfred “Bosie” Douglas, which was composed during his incarceration in Reading Prison and it stars Olivier Nominee Gerard Logan. The stage is sparse, bar a desk, two chairs and stationary. Wilde wears period smart casual attire, his ...

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Trans Scripts Transcends Expectations

Trans Scripts (Pleasance Courtyard)

  My expectations and excitement before going into the review Trans Scripts, or – to give it it’s full title, Trans Scripts, Part I, The Women – were high to say the absolute least. But I was also very nervous, suspecting it might pander too much to a mainstream audience and skip over all of the key challenges faced by ...

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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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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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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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Report: LGBT people face widespread inequality in Scotland

The Scottish LGBT Equality Report

A new report published today by the Equality Network revealed that LGBT people still face widespread inequality in Scotland. The Scottish LGBT Equality Report, a state of the nation report on LGBT people’s experiences of inequality in Scotland surveyed 1052 respondents from across the country. It reveals that despite recent advances in the law and social attitudes, such as the ...

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Cisgender: When New Definitions Matter


Cisgender (also cisgendered): adjective. Denoting or relating to a person whose self-identity conforms with the gender that corresponds to their biological sex; not transgender. It’s not often an article opens with a definition ripped directly from the pages of The Oxford English Dictionary (O.E.D.), but this is an exception.  Why?  Because I realised that setting the context of this article ...

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Shaky Bridges – The Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision 2015

I have never understood the attraction of The Eurovision Song Contest. It’s not just the cheesy, bland, instantly forgettable songs, sang by cheaply dressed bad novelty acts, or third rate has-beens who all sound terrible even when auto-tuned on a show that is a “reality TV show” on acid, or my lifelong loathing of the band ABBA. My musical tastes ...

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Invisibility – My Transgender Day of Visibility

International Transgender Day of Visibility

Invisible to the world: What strange words to explain my experience of Transgender Day of Visibility 2015. Yet, that’s what it has been as I have stayed in my flat having a pretty lazy day, and I am proud of that fact. Some readers of this may be horrified that I just stated that, but I assure you, don’t be. Today, ...

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Celebration of a Gender and Sexuality Safe Space

An exciting gig to promote ‘The Safe Space’ for self-defined women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, undecided and androgyne people, will take place at Glasgow Caledonian University tomorrow (Thursday). One of the organisers, Jill E. Stevens from Caledonian Women, told KaleidoScot: “The Safe Space’ is a room for the women’s group and the LGBTQ+ society to use however they ...

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