John Waters – This Filthy World, Vol. 2

Regular Music in association with Glasgay! presents
John Waters
This Filthy World, Vol. 2

FRI 14 NOV 2014, 7pm
O2 Academy, Glasgow
121 Eglinton St, Glasgow G5 9NT
Tickets £25.00 (stbf)
Doors 7.00pm  |  Over 18s only  |  All seated (reserved)
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This Filthy World Vol.2 is a celebration of the joyously appalling taste of America’s most notorious filmmaker – John Waters (Hairspray, Pink Flamingos, Cry-Baby and Polyester), or as he is known to many – “The Pope of Trash”.  From stories of childhood and early influences through to Hollywood highlights and lowlights, Waters divulges his fascination with all that is crime, exploitation films, fashion lunacy, Catholicism, sexual deviancy and how to become famous (read: infamous). In his own words, “It’s hard to offend three generations, but it looks like I’ve succeeded.”

John Waters is a cinematic legend who has forged an unwavering path in his quest to give bad taste a good name. Don’t miss your opportunity to get down-and-dirty with John Waters, live at the O2 Academy Glasgow for one night only.



Sporting Heads – An Exhibition

A photographic exhibition of LGBT sportspeople who have recently “come out of the closet” and announced their sexuality.

This exhibition celebrates the increasing visibility of LGBT people in sport.  The exhibition will feature, amongst others, Tom Daley, Billie Jean King, Justin Fashanu, Matthew Micham, and Gareth Thomas.  The exhibition will also feature a roll of honour and an online instagram or tumblr blogs site for newly identified sportspeople who are attending or participating in the Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth Games.

TUE 1 JULY – 21 NOV 2014
FREE:  Daily 9am-5pm
Rose & Grants Cafe
27-29 Trongate,
Glasgow G1 5EZ
0141 553 0501

Curated by the Glasgay! Festival with support from the Glasgow 2014 & Celebrate Fund 2014

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The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time.  The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

This exhibition celebrates the visibility of LGBT sportspeople.  The following video is a similar new campaign by Youtube “Proud To Play”

Edwin Morgan’s dreams – and other nightmares

Originally commissioned by Glasgay!
Directed by ANDY ARNOLD

THU 24 JULY – SAT 2 AUG, 7.45PM
+ SAT 26 JULY + SAT 2 AUG, 2.30PM


‘Do you ever wonder if a person could lead two utterly different lives without either self being aware of the other?’

EDWIN MORGAN Edwin Morgan’s last room in a nursing home in the West End of Glasgow.  Everything’s reduced to the barest essentials, just a bed, a wheelchair and a desk.  On a dark ordinary Friday afternoon in winter, middle-aged James, the poet’s biographer, friend and helper, there to do routine admin with the frail eighty-seven year old, hears this urgent question from a deeply disturbed Morgan, who then recounts a series of vivid dreams, nightmares in fact, which have been disturbing him. Images, poems, remembered lovers, regrets, rough trade, propositions accepted or avoided, truths, desires and lives surround the bed.  James, the listener, is disturbed too, trapped in his task like a reluctant interpreter/psychiatrist/amateur Freudian.

Liz Lochhead’s extraordinary tribute to Morgan is both warm and dynamic and ‘a powerful reflection on his modernity and restlessness’ (**** The Scotsman).

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The Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme is a national celebration. Culture 2014 will showcase dance, theatre, music, visual arts, comedy and much more in the run up to and after the Commonwealth Games, with Festival 2014 transforming the Host City at Games time.  The Cultural Programme is a partnership between the Glasgow 2014 Organising Committee, Glasgow Life, and Creative Scotland through National Lottery funding.

Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads

A rare chance to see four of the original ‘Talking Heads’ – Alan Bennett’s wonderful, legendary 80s television monologues which held the seeds of discomfort of a Britain (and a world) changing beyond recognition. Four individuals trapped behind the net curtains of a fast disappearing society.

**** “outstanding … savagely witty and poignant” The Scotsman

**** “brilliant, tragic confessional … simple but spellbinding” The Herald

Mitchell Theatre
6 Granville Street, Glasgow G3 7DR
Tel 0141 353 8000
Wed 30 Jul – Sat 2 Aug, 7.30pm
+ Thu 31 July & Sat 2 Aug, 2.30pm
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A CHIP IN THE SUGAR & A CREAM CRACKER UNDER THE SETTEE:  Wed, 7.30pm; Thu 2.30pm; Sat 7.30pm
HER BIG CHANCE & A BED AMONG THE LENTILS:  Thu 7.30pm, Fri 7.30pm, Sat 2.30pm

Directed by Liz Carruthers
Featuring: Ross Stenhouse, Kay Gallie, Jill Riddiford, Kirsty McDuff

Their stories are poignant, hilarious, sometimes sad, occasionally uplifting, and they all showcase Alan Bennett’s powers of observation, comic timing and exquisite turn of phrase. Bennett may be regarded as a national treasure but the cosiness of that tag belies the darker, harsher, more satirically barbed nature of his work.

Devoted son Graham’s life is turned upside down when a man from mother’s past shows up and deigns to entertain them in a tearoom where there’s “A Chip in the Sugar

Doris’s feisty independence leaves her helpless on the floor where she spies “A Cream Cracker Under the Settee”. But could this water biscuit be her last meal?

Delusional actress Lesley thinks “Her Big Chance” will come just after she’s completed the low-budget semi-porn movie she’s currently shooting.

Disillusioned vicar’s wife Susan’s mid life crisis drives her to the communion wine, the back shop of Mr Ramesh’s grocery store and “A Bed Among the Lentils”.

Ross Stenhouse as Graham in A Chip in The Sugar Kay Gallie as Doris in A Cream Cracker Under the Settee






Jill Riddiford as Susan in A Bed Among The LentilsKirsty-McDuff-Headshot2






TALKING HEADS © 1988 is presented with kind permission of Forelake Ltd (Agent: United Agents Ltd, 12-26 Lexington Street, London W1 0LE)



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A Tribute to Adrian Howells 1962-2014

Adrian Howells was rightly so a legend amongst theatre makers in Glasgow and London.  I first met Adrian in Glasgow in 2004 not long after becoming the new Festival Producer of Glasgay!.  Adrian was artist in residence at The Arches and our friends there, Jackie Wylie, LJ and Niall Walker were supporting Adrian in the creation and staging of Adrienne’s Dirty Laundry Experience.  Set in one of the basement spaces Adrian had set up a show that met you at the door with the sound and smells of small backstreet laundry.  In his inimitable style you were welcomed and offered a little light refreshment, if not a cup of a tea and a sticky finger. A stock phrase of his that we often exchanged when we agreed to meet on occasions.  Adrian was a master of the subtle double entendre and a wistful knowing glance.  My burning memory of that first show was sharing a hearty laugh with my fellow laundry inmates as Adrienne emptied out her wash bag of laundry only to reveal a large pair of “chocolate” stained mens undies and ask “well I wonder who brought these?”. For my part I had taken a small tight-fitting t-shirt bought in Bangkok in 1999 during a round-the-world trip and asked Adrienne if she could wash me back into it as a slimmer model.  Adrian as ever said “it’s all allowed”. And so over a few nights in a dark winter festival Adrienne took hold and warmed our hearts with her generosity.

Of course Adrienne was a flamboyant mask for the inner gay man.  Adrian was a quiet, determined person who always brought out the best in his audience.  While he shared sometimes painful memories you were allowed to recognise and share similar experiences.  His childhood and his adult relationships seemed to be peppered with heart-rending accounts of failed love, longing, rejection and loss, and for many gay men in his audiences these experiences were commonplace.  He created a space for us that simply did not exist  – a confessional – a ministry of the heart – in an otherwise aggressively heterosexual world that cared little for gay men.  The magic of Adrian was he bridged those worlds, creating love, respect and understanding of issues amongst his audiences.

Over the years he evolved as much as equality and society’s appreciation of human sexuality progressed.  I remember one artists talk he gave at CCA when asked by a young contemporary practice student “why he couldn’t perform without the mask of Adrienne”.  Adrian in his ever pithy style stated “but darling I’ve done years of Panto”.  We all laughed but it was soon after that Adrienne was put to bed.  However not before Adrian’s success in that creation led to a commission by Julie Parker at the Drill Hall London to create “An Audience with Adrienne“.  It was the culmination of years of intimate shows and played to sell out houses in London’s Drill Hall in March 2006.  The show gave him an enlarged canvas to display his love of memorabilia be it social and ever so personal, from the framed photos of childhood heroes, to the favourite LP’s and 45’s, the kitsch carpets and wallpaper, the trinkets, the trivia and the multifarious paraphernalia he had gathered over a lifetime.  They all told a story, held a memory and added to the power of his collective experience and sharing.  Adrian kindly agreed to re-create the show for Glasgay! in Autumn 2006 and in a little Saltmarket studio he worked his magic at every performance.

Adrian Howells was many things, a wonderful artist, a friend to us all, a gatherer and a sharer.  He was generous to a fault and gave of himself so utterly and freely.  His legacy is in all of those who shared in his life and experiences and the business of show is perhaps a little sadder and more serious without him.  He was much-loved and even if the arts are a hard mistress his death reminds of the glorious worlds he created, the joy of being together and the simple act of sharing.  He will be missed greatly by many.

for Adrian xxx

Steven Thomson, Producer


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Thanks for Glasgay! 2013


from Steven Thomson, Glasgay! Producer

It’s been a tremendous year for Glasgay! on its 20th anniversary.  In our largest and longest running festival in many years we saw great work by unsung heroes and heroines of the LGBT community.  Media coverage and representation is always much on our minds and this year we were delighted to get BBC Reporting Scotland and Pauline McLean.  I always love an “and, finally” moment on the news but they made so much more of it than that.  The Beeb rolled out archive footage of Sir Ian McKellen decrying past Tory councillors who would have denied the festival funding and a future life.  Our wonderful founder Cordelia Ditton was interviewed waxing lyrical about the early days and past glories, and our patron and leading artist, Jackie Kay revelled in the opportunities given to her by the festival and the delight of bringing “Maw Broon” to life two decades later. I’ve worked in the arts for thirty years now and I’m constantly amazed by the wealth of talent and expertise that goes into making festivals happen.

In our theatre programme Stef Smith’s Cured gave us genuine laugh-out-loud moments of recognition in a pithy lesbian two-hander that debunked pseudo gay cures.  The quixotic Mary Gapinski and the wonderful Julie Hale gave us a genuine representation of true love across the generation gap and social divide.  Our run at the Arches played to full houses with great direction by Ros Philips and a wonderful design by Jess Brettle and sensitive lighting by Malcolm Rogan.  This is one work that we were most pleased about and we hope to re-stage it for the Edinburgh Fringe 2014.  It rightly deserves to be seen more widely.   Amongst our other hits this year has been The New Maw Broon Monologues by Jackie Kay, playing to almost full houses; I Am Divine, a film at GFT, featuring John Waters, Divine and a cast of many who reminded us that the journey of LGBT artists is often fraught with lack of recognition, lack of media attention and poor engagement of critics on the broader purpose or social value of our works.  If I see the word ‘cabaret’ in any future reviews I will scream.  None of our work this year was either cabaret or itinerant but then its their failure to engage with context – not ours.

Handels Cross by Martin Lewton and Andrew McKinnon was a worthy well-made show which struggled for audiences – yet it proved a thought provoking work which challenged our perceptions of fetishism and queer-ing of the past.    Rachel Jury and Confab gave us The Gates a full on musical with a cast of 28, sold out in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.  Well done Rachel on getting this show on the road.  It only took funders four years to finally recognise its worth – a project that Rachel first chatted to me about 6 or 7 years ago.  Who funds large scale ensemble work was my question? Well eventually someone did.  John Binnie and Scottish Youth Theatre gaves us a cracking revival of Killing Me Softly that deftly reminded us of coming out in a working class community and the struggle, and sometimes pain and joys, of growing up gay.

Glasgay! has always been about diversity and Craig Hill, Scottee, Tina C gave us three rollicking nights of intensity, laughter and tears of joy with full houses at two of them.  Tina C reminded us that social acceptance is mainstream now. Craig as always pulls in a diverse crowd and Scottee kept it real for the live art crowd looking for queer performance.  Glasgow Uni and Stephen Greer rolled out a successful panel debate on queer performance and in a packed house at Gilmorehill, we got a lovely reminder of where Glasgay! began and where it is now.

A huge thanks is also due to RSNO for the Wizard of Oz, film and concert, Alan Crumlish for his Retro exhibition, Garry MacLaughin for I Am Art and Sub Club for Derrick Carter.

So in 2013 we celebrated with several cakes, a lot of bubbly, flashing lights and beaming smiles of many an audience, and many a happy artist.  For me Glasgay! has finally come of age and whether your gay, lesbian, bisexual or intersex its no longer just about fighting for the right to be seen and heard, accepted, wedded or bedded. Glasgay! is about your stories, your views and your diverse lives.  Long may it continue!

…. oh and in the words of one audience member:

Aidan Morrissey “Best festival I’ve ever witnessed”

(Facebook 8 November at 21:59)

Maw Broon shoots the breeze with Dorothy Gale

We recently caught up with Maw Broon and Dorothy Gale and asked them a few questions. We thought it would be fun to get the viewpoints of two of our favourite fictional characters…

How does it feel to be in Glasgow?  

MB – I’m awfy chuffed to be back in the big city but am no half missing paw and the weans.  Hope someone’s keeping paw in line!

DG – not quite the Emerald city but it’s a great place!

What are you doing here?

DG – well I have a big show on for RSNO/Glasgay! at Royal Concert Hall. They are showing Wizard of Oz and the orchestra is accompanying me!

What’s your favourite footwear?  

MB – Your ruby slippers don’t look as comfy as ma sheepskins but I widnae mind their magic! I’d click my heels and say “there’s no place like the but an ben”

DG – ah but Maw Broon – the ruby slippers fit everyone!  They are magic after all! They are really comfortable, even after being on the wicked witches’ feet!

What’s your stand on politics and independence?  

DG – all I’ve been hearing about since I landed from Kansas is about Scotland becoming independent.   I was part of the revolution in Oz and would highly recommend it.  I might even stay here for the revolution…how will you vote?

MB – Well I’m skeptical to say the least. Cameroon and Osbroon don’t impress me and I’m no happy aboot this bedroom tax!  It’s oor oil!

What’s your favourite song?

MB – you’ve got such a lovely singing voice Dorothy, I’ve always loved the songs from the film

DG – thank you. What’s your favourite? Do you ever sing any of the songs from the film?

MB – Oh no! I couldnae compete with your voice.  If there’s ever a singsong in oor hoose ma party piece is:  ‘We’re no awa to bide awa’

Do you enjoy being a woman?

MB – aye but ma hormones are aw ower the place – I’ve got hot flushes to go wi ma mid-life crisis.

DG – I’ve never had a hormone because I never grew up but I know a witch who has – The Wicked Witch of the West.  Good Witch Glinda was always able to keep hers in check.

Do you class yourselves as feminists?

MB – I’m a big fan of feminism – burning bras… I’m all for equality… anything a man can do.

DG –Me too – after witnessing the troubles between Good Witch vs Wicked Witch I’m all for sisterhood!

Do you like dogs?

MB  – the bairns are desperate for a dog – it has to be something small any tips?

D – you should get them a wee scottie dog like Toto – he would be ideal for your family.

What do you think of the Scottish weather?

MB – when it’s blowin a heilan gale oot there I’m worried the hoose is gonnae get blown away! It’s like the tornado that took your hoose to Oz!

DG – Aunty Em and Uncle Henry said that tornado was the biggest they’d ever seen and it took us forever to get the farm back together.

What are you up to for Hallowe’en ?

MB – I’m getting all dressed up and putting on a big show at The Tron!  Come down!

DG – I’d love to but I’ve got a film and concert on at the Royal Concert Hall

What’s your experience of LGBT? 

MB – We think Daphne might be bi – she’s in twa minds.  Here’s a laugh, Grandpa said: Maybe Daphne won’t be in as much now she’s out!

DG – we thought the same about the scarecrow and the gatekeeper of Oz but it was never confirmed!

with the RSNO

SAT 19 OCT3pm & 7.30pm    < click times to book online
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, G2 3NY
Tickets £8.50 up to £35 (concs available, see venue website)

by Jackie Kay

WED 30 OCT – SAT 9 NOV, 7.30pm
Tron Theatre
63 Trongate, Glasgow, G1 5HB
0141 552 4267 | Website
Tickets: Preview Wed 30 Oct, 7.30pm £8
Tue-Thu £12 (Conc £8) + Sat Matinees (2.30pm)
Fri-Sat £16 (Conc £12) BOOK NOW

Q&A with Tina C

We’ve been chatting to Country Music singer, multi-Grammy award-winner and global icon for peace, Tina C about her show at Glasgay!…

Can you tell us what’s in store for the Glasgay! audience?
I am bringing a caring country music show and some mainstream validation to your minority event

How did you get started as a musician?
I would sing along with the Grand Ole Opry on the radio and one day I realised that’s what I was going to be. A star on the Opry. Little did I know the world was to be my stage

What does performing as part of the Glasgay! festival mean to you?
Happy management

What’s the worst gig you’ve ever done?
Beyonce and I were doing the birthday party of some guy in the UAE. I remember the goody bag – I don’t recall the actual show. I think it was degrading. But the goody bag had a gold plated iPhone. I remember that.

How do you come up with new material?
I breathe.

Do you have a favourite performer? (apart from yourself)
I think I have more validity as a producer than a consumer.

SUN 27 OCT, Doors 7.30pm, Show 8.30pm
The Stand Comedy Club
333 Woodlands Road, Glasgow, G3 6NG
Tickets £12

Country Music singer, multi-Grammy award-winner and global icon for peace, Tina C. has been a little quiet of late. Bruised by the failure of her race for the White House as a celebrity independent candidate, and with her fame eclipsed by a younger generation of good ole gal singers, her profile has been diminished. That’s about to change with a major tour! And she isn’t having any talk of this being a comeback tour. Hell no! She rightly apportions blame where it is due, asking the audience, where the hell were you?

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Q&A with Rachel Jury

We caught up with Rachel Jury, Writer and Director of “The Gates: Love, Liberation and Respect,” showing at The Classic Grand 23-26 October…

What prompted you do write The Gates: Love, Liberation and Respect?
The Gateways Club has an almost legendary status within Lesbian history. The stories that surround the club as told by people who frequented it and by those who wish they had are vast and varied but always told with deep affection and respect. I, regrettably, am one of the many who wish they had visited Gateways, so for me the club has a symbolic status. It represents a place of sanctity, a place of liberation, and a place where you could choose who to love, regardless of sex or gender, at a time in history when that choice could cost you your life. I have never been tempted or attempted to present a documented history of The Gateways. Rather, I have chosen to celebrate what I understand to be the spirit of the club, its proprietors and its patrons – women and men who risked all they had for love, liberation and respect. Without the risk they took no one would be able to enjoy the freedoms and rights that we do today. Their story is your story is our story and unfortunately it’s a story that continues to have resonance around the world and at home, in Scotland last year there was a reduction in all hate crimes apart from Homophobic hate crime which increased.

Our company is made up of people from across the globe, with a broad spectrum of sexual and gender identities as well as age, background and experience. I like to think our company, our song and our dance reflect the spirit of The Gateways.

How much do you think has changed in lesbian culture since post-war Chelsea?
In some ways everything has changed and in others nothing has changed. By joining us down The Gates you will recognise characters, feelings, situations and challenges we all face today but you will also be able to connect with your history and ancestors. We need to understand our past and where we have come from to understand our future.

What can our Glasgay! audience expect from “The Gates: Love, Liberation and Respect?”
A fabulous night out!

Wed – Sat 8pm, Sat 26th 2pm
Classic Grand
18 Jamaica Street, G1 4QD
Tickets £12

Click here for more information about “The Gates: Love, Liberation and Respect”