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!