Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits

ROSANA CADE presents
A performance exploring the historic relationship between Britain and India and the sexual legacy of colonialism.

BOOK-NOW_ICON23 – 25 October 2014
Tickets £12/£10

Tel 0141 565 1000

In 1860 the British ruling force in India instated the Indian Penal Code, enforcing a unifying law across the whole country for the first time. Section 377 of the IPC stated that carnal intercourse against the order of nature was illegal. Since then, this law has been used to persecute people who engage in homosexual acts. Previous to British rule in India, there are no records of any person being persecuted for acts of same-sex love. There isn’t a word in any Indian language that defines people by their sexuality.

In Lady Fingers & Empire Biscuits, Rosana Cade explores this export of British Victorian ideas about sex and how they have permeated through time; the confusion between modern and traditional notions of identity in each country; and the impact of the English language on sexual discourse in India.

Rosana Cade is an artist based in Glasgow whose work and research is rooted in a queer discourse. She travelled to India to collaborate with local video artist Afrah Shafiq and interview queer people in Mumbai and Dehli as part of this process.

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‘An artist to cherish.’

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‘strange, beautiful, and disturbing’

Jill Riddiford’s “Stories about people like my Mam”

Jill Riddiford will be performing in ALAN BENNETT’s A Bed Among The Lentils, as part of TALKING HEADS. This Glasgay! production will be at Mitchell Theatre for the Commonwealth Games’ Festival 2014. Book your tickets now!

What drew you to work on this production?

Hahaha! Because I was asked! But it is a privilege to have the chance to perform Talking Heads.

 What is it about Alan Bennett’s monologues and characters that you love?

Oh! Where to start. I remember when they were first broadcast – the effect they had was astonishing. I was raised in a Northern English tangle of Mams and Aunties and Great Aunties  – ordinary women who only saw themselves  represented on TV and stage as the periphery, the supporting act, the comic turn. To see themselves  as the ‘main character’ was very powerful.  Women and men  who were familiar but overlooked – that woman who died alone and nobody there to help, the bloke who still lives with his mam, a vicar’s wife embarrassing everyone with the drinking, that one there thinking she’s going to be a big star – were brought from the sidelines to the spotlight with compassion and intelligence.

How relevant are the issues that Alan Bennett raises to today’s world (i.e. care of the elderly)?

None of us have immunity from old age or sickness, and Cream Cracker under the Settee reminds us of that.  Society is only as good as the care that it takes of its most vulnerable members.

What does Alan Bennett tell us about our relationship to other people?

Love thy neighbour, I reckon.  Even thy lonely, odd, embarrassing or deluded neighbour.

Have you got a favourite family anecdote that’s similar to Alan Bennett’s view of everyday life?

I know what you are expecting here. Stories of the aunt who painted Tinkerbelle thepoodle pink. The colour-blind uncle peering at tomatoes on the allotment, unsure if they were ripe or not.  The nephew who was a terrible goalie when the boys played football in the back lanes because he wore a tutu and high heels.  But Alan Bennett’s stories are about compassion and love and respect. About the extraordinary beauty of the everyday. About that woman who, at an age when the stairs were already too much for her, uncomplainingly climbed them twenty, thirty times a day for three months to take water, a conversation, morphine, up to her dying husband. Stories about people like my Mam.