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Cardinal Sinne Q&A with Raymond Burke

We were lucky to have Writer Raymond Burke chat to us about his play Cardinal Sinne, which is Glasgay! Festival 2014’s main commission. Read on, if you dare…

Tell us a little about your new show Cardinal Sinne?

Cardinal Sinne is a fictional character, the highest ranking Catholic clergyman in the country, respected and revered by all, but who has been abusing his position for many years. The play is set in his offices and chambers as he prepares to leave for the Rome conclave to help elect the next Pope. As allegations regarding his sexual conduct are revealed, he tries to lie, bully and coerce his way out of trouble but simply makes the situation worse.

What sparked the idea behind Cardinal Sinne?

Recently, when one of the most outspoken homophobes in the country was outed as a hypocrite who had been abusing younger men, we discussed the possibility of creating a biographical account. However because of the veil of secrecy that has been cast over events and ongoing investigations, it was more appropriate to create a fictional character, Cardinal Sinne, who is placed in a similar situation. This allowed us to compress the full story into less than two hours and present it as a twisted kind of farce.

Religion is far too easy a target for comedy and has just about been given its last rites as far as Scotland is concerned. Therefore it is the hypocrisy of senior members of the clergy rather than the belief system that is the main focus of the show. Although, the church, like many institutions and corporations, is undoubtedly guilty of protecting itself regardless of the pain and suffering it may cause to individuals.

How does the piece relate to sexual and religious taboos?

Organised religion is perhaps the main perpetrator of taboos concerning sexuality and, as western civilisation progresses, the inherent bigotry and homophobia are evermore obvious in contrast to the egalitarian attitudes of modernity. Paradoxically, the perpetration of homophobia may actually serve the church in a number of unexpected ways. As laity is inculcated with ideas of marriage and procreation in order to produce the next generation of believers, anyone with any unorthodox sexual preferences may find themselves drawn to a life of celibacy as a means of hiding their guilt.

The piece is a mix of ‘comic farce, serious soliloquy and ludicrous litany’; how do these elements work together?

Farce and soliloquy are uncomfortable bedfellows but we have chosen to adopt elements of these genres to represent the inherent duality of the main character. The show will thus on occasion cut sharply from comedy into prayer or litany. The external narrative will consequently portray the internal struggle of the Cardinal in the show as he tries to balance his beliefs with his own natural urges.

What other Glasgay! Festival events are you looking forward to?

Craig Hill. Since he’s always a good laugh. (And he’s from East Kilbride – which has a street named Craig Hill.)

Cardinal Sinne is showing at Tron Theatre Wed 22 Oct- Sat 1 Nov, as part of Glasgay! Festival 2014. Get your tickets now!

Slope Q&A with Stewart Laing

We are thrilled to welcome Stewart Laing, Artistic Director of Untitled Projects, as our first Glasgay! Festival 2014 Q&A blog. Stewart chats about revisiting Slope – Untitled Project’s first ever commission, originally produced in 2006 – and what to expect from this new production.

Tell us a little about your show Slope?

It is a play that Untitled Projects commissioned – the first play we ever commissioned – it is Pamela Carter’s first play; and when we originally produced it in 2006 it was the first time Pamela and I worked with each other. It is a really special play for me – I’ve wanted to come back to it for years now – to have another go – to spend some more time with these characters and these words.

Can you give us some background about the poets Paul Verlaine and Arthur Rimbaud and their love affair?

In 1871, Paul Verlaine was living with his young wife Mathilde and their small child in a bourgeois apartment in Paris. Arthur Rimbaud, a 19 year old poet, came into their lives and blew their marriage apart. Arthur and Paul ran away together and set up home as a couple in a flat in Camden Town, but that relationship in turn fell apart. The play explores the beginning, the middle and the end of this experimental relationship.

How will this production differ from the Tramway production of Slope in 2006?

The original production was played in one of the largest performance spaces in the uk – Tramway 2, which is the enormous gallery space at Tramway. This time we are playing the Citz Circle Studio and the Traverse Studio – which are really small spaces – so it will be more focused, more claustrophobic, more intimate. The audience will be very close to the action – and i’m hoping this will be exciting for the spectators and the actors.

Which taboos are explored in this piece?

The play is set in the 1870s – so in terms of taboos I think it is dealing with taboos of a past era – when it was not socially acceptable for men to have sex with each other and live with each other as partners and lovers.

What other Glasgay! Festival events are you looking forward to?

There are lots of artists I admire involved in this year’s festival – Ron Athey, Drew Taylor, John Byrne, Josh Armstrong, Al Pacino and Rosana Cade to name a few. So lots to look forward to.

Catch Slope as part of Glasgay! Festival 2014 at Citizens Theatre, Wed 12 – Sat 22 Nov 2014. Tickets on sale now!


Glasgay, SMHAFF and drew taylor present
By Drew Taylor and Julia Doogan

“I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked, dragging themselves through the streets at dawn looking for an angry fix” – Allen Ginsberg, HOWL, 1955

HOWL[ing] is an epic poem for post referendum Scotland
Using beat poet Allen Ginsberg’s seminal piece “HOWL” as a basis…

We present a concert of words and music,
We present a concert of Yes and No
We present a concert of a changed national financial, mental and social health
We present a celebration of where we find ourselves now, and how,
…We feel about that

Written and directed by performance poet/theatre director Drew Taylor, performed by leading Scottish acting talent and accompanied by acclaimed Glasgow musicians Julia and the Doogans: HOWL[ing] is a performance constructed by old, responding to the new, reflecting the current view.

HOWL[ing] is supported by Glasgay! and the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival. Following the success of 44 Stories [* * * * – The Scotsman] Drew Taylor’s exploration into performance poetry in contemporary theatre continues in HOWL[ing]: collaborating with rising musical stars Julia and the Doogans [recently featured on the Lip Service soundtrack] creating a new unapologetic epic poem for the stage.


“a thrilling mix of burlesque, cabaret and agitprop that deserves to be seen again, and soon.” * * * * Joyce Macmillan, The Scotsman, on “44 Stories” July 2014

“the on-stage quartet excel in delivering everything from poetry to polemic by way of disco-swish” Mary Brennan, The Herald on “44 Stories” July 2014

“poetic masterpiece…utterly flamboyant, brutally honest and totally endearing” * * * * *
ThreeWeeks, Edinburgh 15/08/10 on Markus Makavellian’s International Order

“His voice is raw, clever and disturbing, and we will be hearing much more of it in years to come.”
Joyce Macmillan, The Scotsman, 26/10/09 on Markus Makavellian’s International Order

“A Glittering Colossus” * * * * Metro 22/08/10

Listings information:
Traverse Theatre Edinburgh, Thursday 16th October, 7.30pm, £8-£13
Arches Theatre Glasgow, Tuesday 21st October, 7.30pm, £8/£10
Performance last approximately 50 minutes

Editor’s Notes

DREW TAYLOR – writer/director:
Drew graduated from the RSAMD. A former performance poet Drew primarily works as a director. Drew has created performance for some of Scotland’s leading theatre and dance companies: Conflux, Untitled Projects, Glasgay!, CityMoves Aberdeen and Dance House. Centred in creating cross-art form dance and physical theatre, Drew’s recent credits include: “44 Stories” as part of the Commonwealth Games Culture Festival, “Number By Colours” [ANKUR / CCA], Associate Artist for “The Salon Project” [Untitled Projects / Traverse Theatre / Barbican / Citizens Theatre], “JAMP” at Watch This Space [National Theatre, London] and Theaterszene Europa [Studiobühne, Köln] and “8” by Dustin Lance Black [Glasgay!]. Drew is currently developing “South Cumburgh Green” with choreographer Jack Webb – a dance theatre love-letter to broken Britain.

Julia and the Doogans:
“All timid, lovely folk pop, Julia and the Doogans are as blissful and beautiful as a band can be. Ever evolving, and embracing new sounds and instruments, this collective is united by the voice of Julia Doogan – both hopeful and heartbreaking when the mood calls for it, and always welcome.”
Thomas Meek – The List

Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival:
Now in its eighth year, the Scottish Mental Health Arts and Film Festival is one of Scotland’s most diverse cultural events, covering everything from music, film and visual art to theatre, dance, and literature. The annual festival takes place in venues across Scotland throughout October, aiming to support the arts and challenge preconceived ideas about mental health.

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.

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.