Glasgay! 2014

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Full Brochure – digital edition

In a year that the world came to Glasgow to celebrate the Commonwealth Games and the Year of Homecoming we bring you the 21st edition of Glasgay!.

This year we explore social, historical and contemporary taboos.  With the legal protection of the Equality Act (2010) and the arrival of the Equal Marriage Act 2013 as significant landmarks in our lives, we might ask is every aspect of LGBTQI peoples lives visible, accepted or understood.  For our multiple tribes, pursuits and interests the LGBTQI community have much to do in aiding wider social acceptance.

In our Commission Cardinal Sinne by Raymond Burke, directed by Grant Smeaton, we enquire into a fictional long running sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church.  What promises to be a merry romp of ludicrous litany this show at the Tron will certainly raise an eyebrow.  Also at the Tron, Andy Arnold directs  Colquhoun & MacBryde by John Byrne, the story of two of Glasgow’s forgotten famous painters.

We are joined this year by Hollywood legend, John Waters who brings Filthy World Vol2 to Glasgow.  This notorious film-maker who discovered Divine and gave us hit movies such as Hairspray, Pink Flamingos and Cry-Baby will certainly dish the dirt on Hollywood.

Visiting artist Ron Athey and Cryptic explore the body as art through music and photography in what promises to be searingly beautiful, disturbing and haunting works.  Stewart Laing directs a new production of Slope by Pamela Carter which explores the taboo love from historical times of French poets, Arthur Rimbaud and Paul Verlaine at the Citizens’ Theatre.

Our emerging artists Drew Taylor bring to The Arches Howl[ing] a poetic re-imagining of that famous Allen Ginsberg poem.  Rosana Cade in Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits explores Britain’s legacy of colonialism and repression of India. Mark Kydd offers us his part confessional bio-play there were two brothers and Cardboard Fox present 1960’s Soho village theatre hit The Madness of Lady Bright and a new work about actor Charles Laughton. And hit group Village Pub Theatre join us for a 3 nights of eclectic new writing.

We’ve an exhibition of LGBT sports people – Sporting Heads.  Craig Hill, Stephen K Amos, Vikki Stone and Sara Pascoe big up the comedy programme and there’s a selection film at Glasgow Film Theatre.  See inside for talks, debates & club nights.  Enjoy!


Mouse & Reservoir Ducks

Everyday Courage presents

BOOK-NOW_ICONFriday 14th Nov
The Art School
20 Scott St, Glasgow G3 6RQ
11pm – 3am

“We are all a little brave everyday to be who we are”

Everyday Courage is a queer club night with additional elements including live performance, visuals and printed matter, programmed and realised by queer clubbing pioneer DJ HUSH and artist Casey O’Connell.   This edition for Glasgay! includes very special guest MOUSE, a radical physical performer and erotic star and “Reservoir Ducks” a performance devised by artist IRREVERENT SIDESHOWS, where two hapless ducks learn about gender power and waitress tipping.

Age of Consent

Directors Charles Luum, Todd Verow.
Cast Kilker Alcaraz, Marc Angelo, Peter Tatchell.
USA, 2014, 1h28m, N/C 18+

Wed 5 Nov 8:20pm. BOOK-NOW_ICON
Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB.
Tickets £8 (conc. £6.50) | Youth Card £4.50 | Cinecard £1 off
0141 332 6535

A no holds barred depiction of the history of The Hoist, London’s longest-running leather bar. Features interviews with customers and campaigners such as Peter Tatchell and Brian Robinson.

Introduced by owners of Luke & Jack, followed by a post-screening discussion.

My Prairie Home

Director Chelsea McMullen.
Canada, 2013, 1h16m, N/C 12+

Sun 9 Nov 5:30pm. BOOK-NOW_ICON
Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Tickets £8 (conc. £6.50) | Youth Card £4.50 | Cinecard £1 off
0141 332 6535

Indie musician Rae Spoon, who is transgender, returns to their roots in the conservative Canadian Prairies in this stunning musical-documentary by director Chelsea McMullan. A very original, blissful meditation.

Screening introduced by the Scottish Transgender Alliance.


Director John Waters.
Cast Johnny Depp, Amy Locane, Ricki Lake.
USA, 1990, 1h25m, 15

Fri 14 Nov 11:15pm. BOOK-NOW_ICON
Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Tickets £8 (conc. £6.50) | Youth Card £4.50 | Cinecard £1 off
0141 332 6535

A gleefully camp teen-rebel musical bringing the 1950s to life. Telling the tale of high school bad-boy Wade ‘Cry-Baby’ Walker (Depp), who wins the heart of rich, beautiful ‘square’ Allison Vernon Williams, drawing her into his world of fast cars, music and delinquency.

The Watermelon Woman

Director Cheryl Dunye.
Cast Cheryl Dunye, Guinevere Turner, Valarie Walker.
USA, 1996, 1h30m, N/C 12+

Tue 4 Nov 6:00pm. BOOK-NOW_ICON
Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Tickets £8 (conc. £6.50) | Youth Card £4.50 | Cinecard £1 off
0141 332 6535

A 90s classic if New Queer Cinema addressing the lack of black lesbian representation in cultural history – a young woman makes a film about an enigmatic black female actor from the 1930s.

Post-screening discussion with Glasgow Women’s Library.

The Dog

Director Allison Berg, François Keraudren.
Cast John Wojtowicz, Carmen Bifulco, Jeremy Bowker.
USA 2013, 1h41m, N/C 15.

Tue 28 Oct, 6:15pm. BOOK-NOW_ICON
Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Tickets £8 (conc. £6.50) | Youth Card £4.50 | Cinecard £1 off
0141 332 6535

This intimate portrait of John Wojtowicz documents the real man behind the inspiration for Al Pacino’s character in Dog Day Afternoon. Revealing how the events of 22nd August 1972 forever changed his life.

Dog Day Afternoon

Director Sidney Lumet.
Cast Al Pacino, John Cazale, Charles Durning.
USA, 1975, 1h59m, 15

Sun 26 Oct, 5:00pm. BOOK-NOW_ICON
Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Tickets £8 (conc. £6.50) | Youth Card £4.50 | Cinecard £1 off
0141 332 6535

This American classic features one of Al Pacino’s best performances as a bank robber running a stick-up in order to pay for his lover’s gender reassignment surgery. Riveting, absurdist humour and brilliant social observation make for one of the most definitive crime thrillers of the 70s.

Love is Strange

Presented in association with Luminate.

Director Ira Sachs.
Cast John Lithgow, Alfred Molina, Marisa Tomei.
USA, 2014, 1h34m, 15

Thu 23 Oct, 6:00pm. BOOK-NOW_ICON
Glasgow Film Theatre
12 Rose Street, Glasgow G3 6RB
Tickets £8 (conc. £6.50) | Youth Card £4.50 | Cinecard £1 off#
0141 332 6535

Veteran screen actors Alfred Molina and John Lithgow star in this beautifully observed tale of true love in the Big Apple. After nearly fur decades together, Ben and George are finally able to tie the knot. However, when George loses his job the couple are forced to live apart and the relationship is tested in unconventional ways.

An emotionally engaging ensemble drama anchored by two brilliant lead performances.

Scott Capurro – Islamohomophobia: Reloaded

Mid life crisis. Check. Koran jokes. Check. Husband. Check mate. In Islamohomophobia, Scott Capurro inches closer to self lynching with his tirade against bigotry, fag bashing and Cardiff.

BOOK-NOW_ICONSUN 9 NOV, 7.30PM (Doors 6.30pm)
Tel 0844 332 8879
Tickets £12 (£10 conc)

‘Capurro’s mission is to make everyone nervous, regardless of their faith or colour. It goes without saying that you should avoid this show if you are easily offended. But he is addressing important issues in his own reckless and courageous way.’ ★★★★ Times, Clive Davis

‘The provocative Scott Capurro is comedy’s answer to The Innocence Of Muslims. He likes the frisson he creates, he says, as he purses out bitterly unpleasant things about Mohammed, the Chinese, women, his own family and just about every group you can imagine. There’s certainly nervous laughter at this, mixed with the gasps and the occasional guilty guffaws. It’s naughty and by no means nice, and far from easy listening, yet if such uncompromising defiance in the face of an audience that don’t quite know what to make of him isn’t in the spirit of alternative comedy, I don’t know what is.’ Chortle

Running time: Approx 60 minutes
For ages 18+