Wicked Women

An evening of music & spoken word to mark International Women’s Day.

Featuring Carol Laula & guests, Lisa Kowalski, Marie Collins & Linzi Clark + more.

Thu 8 Mar 2018, 7.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
15 New Street, Paisley, Postcode PA1 1EZ
Ticket prices £10 (£8 conc)
Box Office no. 0300 300 1210


“Scotland’s leading singer-songwriter” (Glasgow Herald)

“Laula’s songs deal with strength in adversity – especially from the modern woman’s perspective – on a personalised but universal level. (Q Magazine)

MiX: a season of equalities work

a new boutique season of work spanning LGBT History Month Scotland to International Women’s Day 1st Feb – 8th March 2018.

Featuring :

Full details coming soon

Presented by Outspoken Arts Scotland in association with:

  • Renfrewshire Leisure
  • Renfrewshire Council
  • LGBT History Month
  • The Equality Network
  • Streetlevel Photoworks
  • Paisley Arts Centre
  • University of the West of Scotland

Take Me Somewhere Festival

Take Me Somewhere 

https://takemesomewhere.co.uk/  |  https://www.instagram.com/tmsomewhere/

In association with Outspoken Arts Scotland, TMS will co-produce a number of exciting events with local, national and international talent for its next edition in May 2019.  WATCH THIS SPACE!

Take Me Somewhere is Glasgow’s new festival of contemporary performance, building on the legacy of The Arches following its closure in 2015. The festival combines the best home-grown talent with some of the world’s most cutting-edge contemporary performers as part of an exciting programme of events.

Take Me Somewhere aims to provide a crucial support structure to Scotland’s most innovative and exciting community of artists and makers. The festival was founded in 2017 by Jackie Wylie, now Artistic Director of the National Theatre of Scotland, with the inaugural festival proving to be a huge success with both critics and audiences, selling out at venues across Glasgow.

The 2019 festival will take place in May and will be led by Artistic Director LJ Findlay-Walsh.

Split Britches: Unexploded Ordnances (UXO)

Sat 26 May 2018
5:00pm // 1hr // 16yrs +
£8.50 / £5 / £4.50

Presented by Take Me Somewhere, National Theatre of Scotland
and Platform with support from Luminate and Outspoken Arts Scotland

Combining a Dr Strangelove-inspired performance with a daring forum for public conversation, Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) explores ageing, anxiety, hidden desires and how to look forward when the future is uncertain. In the Situation Room, twelve audience members are invited to become a Council of Elders to discuss the global issues of the day, as the company weave in satirical insights and humour. Adopting the characters of a bombastic general and ineffectual president, Peggy Shaw and Lois Weaver of Split Britches present this interactive piece as equal parts comedy performance and urgent political discussion.

Split Britches continues with the duo and solo work of Lois Weaver and Peggy Shaw spanning satirical, gender-bending performance, public engagement, videography, digital and print media, explorations of ageing and wellbeing, and iconic lesbian-feminist theatre.

Unexploded Ordnances (UXO) image by Matt Delbridge

Love Song to Lavender Menace

Love Song to Lavender Menace by James Ley
Directed by Ros Philips
In association with Royal Lyceum Theatre
Supported by Red Bridge Arts

Sat 28 October 2017, 7.30pm
Paisley Arts Centre
New Street, Paisley PA1 1EZ
Tickets £10 (£6 conc.) + bkg fee*
Tel 0300 300 1210 or click here
or email box office

An LGBT History Month Scotland Cultural Commission. Funded by Creative Scotland. Script developed with support from Playwrights’ Studio, Scotland. Thanks to the support of Edinburgh International Book Festival. Image by Waël Seaiby.

It’s 1987 and shop workers Paul and David are getting ready for a celebration of the 5th anniversary of LAVENDER MENACE, Scotland’s foremost lesbian, gay, feminist bookshop. From its humble beginnings in the cloakroom of an Edinburgh nightclub, (that saw a performance from the Village People!), this trailblazing venture has become the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT community. But can it survive in Thatcher’s changing Britain of capitalism and commodification?


The play appeared as a reading at Edinburgh International Book Festival 2016. Garth Greenwell, internationally acclaimed author of ‘What Belongs to You’, appeared in a cameo role in the reading. Garth said of Love Song to Lavender Menace – “It does not seek to present a portrait that sanitises history or parallels ‘straight’ life; however, the evocation of desire, longing and the need to belong would strike a chord with any audience.”  Garth Greenwell

“I’m very proud to be a part of this play. As a gay Scotsman, this play has taught me incredible things about my own history, that I’d never heard before. I’m sure many generations will be grateful to James for cataloguing these significant events in such a beautiful and fun play.” Matthew McVarish (Matthew appears in Love Song to Lavender Menace as David.)

This is the right time to be telling this story. The argument in the play around capitalism versus community is what attracted me to it, along with the exploration of the feminist roots of Edinburgh’s LGBT activism. Love Song to Lavender Menace also alerted me to Rita Mae Brown, author of Ruby Fruit Jungle, and I’m very excited to share her and all the other characters with a Lyceum audience.” Ros Philips









Queer Champions

Queer Champions a landmark collaborative exhibition project by Ajamu, the Equality Network, Outspoken Arts Scotland, Street level and Equality Network.

Queer Champions is a series of black and white portraits of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer individuals in Scotland who are celebrities, artists, activists, campaigners, community workers, or unsung heroes.

Queer Champions captures the richness and diversity of a Scottish community.

This work will be exhibited in February 2018 as part of LGBT History Month Scotland.

Commissioned by Outspoken Arts Scotland

5-9 Feb, Scottish Parliament  (not publicly accessible)
Horse Wynd, Royal Mile, Edinburgh EH99 1SP

14 Feb – 2 Mar, University of the West of Scotland
High Street, Paisley PA1 2BE (Atrium)  (9am-5pm Mon-Sat)

5 Mar – 25 May, Rose & Grants
27 Trongate, Glasgow G1 5HB  (9am-5pm daily)

Outspoken Arts Scotland is a Scottish Charity SCO23620
Supported by Creative Scotland, Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council

Presented with the kind support of 
The Scottish Parliament
the University of the West of Scotland
Rose & Grants Cafe

Artists Biography:  http://outspokenarts.org/ajamu-ikwe-tyehimba/

Participants: http://outspokenarts.org/queer-champions-2018-participants/

Fat Kid Running

TUES 13 JUNE / FREE / 7.30-9.30PM
Baker’s Arms, 87-91 Henderson Street, Edinburgh EH6 6ED
THURS 15 JUNE / FREE / 7.30-9.30PM
Eden Court, Bishops Road Inverness IV3 5SA.

What does it take to be at home in a body? How do you have fun moving in a world of body shaming and fat burning? Join Katherine McMahon as she takes you cross country on her journey from the fat kid skiving PE lessons, to a fat, fierce, feminist runner. This is not an inspiring before-and-after picture. It won’t make you thinner, or faster. It is a sometimes moving, sometimes funny, always honest exploration of the complicated business of being in a body. Brought to you by LEAP Sports Scotland, Scottish Book Trust and Edinburgh Front Runners, followed by a panel discussion.
Book via festivalfortnight.org

Dive Queer Party

FRI 2 JUNE / FREE / 8-10.30PM (Doors 7.30)
Woodland Creatures, 60-262 Leith Walk, Edinburgh EH6 5EL

With Dive’s very own torchbearer Miss Annabel Sings (‘Divine’ TimeOut) leading the way to an Olympian line-up of cabaret athletes, riotous audience games and all the pyrotechnics the budget can stretch to! (BYOS: Bring Your Own Sparkler)

Competing for first place are Alice Rabbit, Mamoru Iriguchi, Phil Herrin and many more. Who will win
the coveted Golden Cabaret Stool?
Only you can decide….
On your marks.
Get set.
Book via festivalfortnight.org

Creative Writing Workshop

Bridie Library, Glasgow University Union, 32 University Ave. G12 8LX

LEAP’s partnership with Scottish Book Trust and GULGBTQ+ Students Association, brings you a spoken word performance by Colin McGuire, followed by an interactive poetry workshop. Allow your own writing to guide you through themes such as masculinity, the body and sexuality within a sports setting. Check out some of Colin’s work at www.colinmcguirepoet.co.uk
Book via festivalfortnight.org

Gypsy Queen

Rob Ward and Hope Theatre Company
Gypsy Queen

Wed 7 June 2017
7.30pm, £5 (£2.50) + £1 booking fee, Theatre
15+ Book online / 0141 352 4900

Can two men raised to fight ever learn to love?

The story of ‘Gorgeous’ George O’Connell, bare-knuckle fighter and traveller, who enters the world of professional boxing which puts him on a collision course with his roots, his identity and his greatest fear. In the opposite corner, gay boxer Dane ‘The Pain’ Samson is fighting his own battles that lead to a tragedy that neither could predict. A love story between two fighters who discover the greatest challenge lies outside the ring. “There are only three things that need to be accomplished before the devil comes home: one of them is homosexuality being legal” So said Tyson Fury, the Brit who became World Heavyweight Champion against all odds in November 2015. Earlier this year, boxing legend and aspiring Filipino politician Manny Pacquaio said those in same-sex relationships were “worse than animals”. In both instances these men cited their faith as the reason for their views. Gypsy Queen was born of a desire to explore such notions – sport, faith and sexuality.

Gypsy Queen will be followed by a Q & A with the performers and a short panel discussion on the key themes from the film which will include LEAP Sports Scotland, Knockout Glasgow and Boxing Scotland.

This event is being performed as part of the LEAP Sports Scotland Festival Fortnight programme