Press Release – Glasgay! 2014


GLASGAY!® announces Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme & autumn festival preview

Scotland’s annual celebration of LGBT culture.
Commonwealth Games events run: 1 July – 2 August 2014
Glasgay! Festival runs:  20 Oct – 15 Nov 2014

BRIEF:  Scotland’s Glasgay! Festival announces its programme for the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.  Addressing the progress and visibility of Equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered people, as part of Festival 2014, this two pronged programme highlights social attitudes from current and past times. 

Glasgay! is staging a new production of Alan Bennett’s TALKING HEADS, to mark his 80th year.  These legendary monologues give audiences a rare insight into a world gone by.  Staged at Glasgow’s Mitchell Theatre, these monologues by this internationally recognised gay author feature stories and issues from past times. They offer an interesting insight into the shifting social attitudes and act as a counterpoint to current times. This production will be directed by Liz Carruthers, designed by Jessica Brettle and performed by the wonderful cast: Ross StenhouseKay GallieJill Riddiford and Kirsty McDuff. It will be staged for one week during the Commonwealth Games period (30 July – 2 August).

In juxtaposition to TALKING HEADS we have SPORTING HEADS – AN EXHIBITION. This photographic exhibition features LGBT sportspeople who have “come out of the closet” and announced their sexuality, of which there are currently over 300 or so worldwide.  SPORTING HEADS will feature sportspeople from around 30 countries including Tom DaleyJustin FashanuMatthew Micham and Gareth Thomas. Alongside 50 quality prints there will be a worldwide roll of honour and an online blog for newly identified sportspeople. The exhibition runs 1 July – 31 December 2014 and Glasgay! aims to reach out to those sportspeople attending the Commonwealth Games to offer support and fellowship.

This programme is a response to the need for “fellowship” and “positive representation” – issues continuing of importance to the LGBT community.  Our Commonwealth Games programme is a collective, positive response to the sometimes hostile and negative attitudes towards LGBT persons across the world. This programme acts as a positive beacon of hope for those who feel under represented or isolated. Our work will demonstrate how paramount it is to have an open, tolerant and progressive society. A society where LGBT people are seen as positive role models in many walks of life, throughout Commonwealth countries and across the wider world.

The exhibition has grown from a wider community response to the Sochi Winter Olympics which effectively raised the awareness of LGBT equality in Sport.

BIO:  ALAN BENNETT: often described as a ‘national treasure’, is a multi-award-winning English playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. He celebrated his 80thbirthday this May.   He came out as gay, aged 70.  He was born in Leeds and attendedOxford University where he studied history and performed with The Oxford Revue. He stayed to teach and research medieval history at the university for several years.

He found instant fame with his collaboration as writer and performer with Dudley MooreJonathan Miller and Peter Cook in the satirical revue Beyond the Fringe at the 1960 Edinburgh Festival. Following this, he gave up academia and began writing fulltime, with his first stage play Forty Years On being produced in 1968. Since then he has “spent a lifetime making dull people interesting”.

Alan Bennett’s most renowned work includes: Talking HeadsThe Madness of George III (and its film adaptation The Madness of King George), The History Boys(both the play and subsequent film) and popular audio books such as his readings ofAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Winnie-the-Pooh.

As part of the wider LGBT Pride events during the Commonwealth Games our work sits alongside that of local and national organisations such as Equality Network,LGBT History MonthPride House and LEAP Sports.  Throughout the Games Glasgay! is #ProudToPlay.

Our Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme will link into the main autumn Glasgay! Festival which takes place 20 Oct – 15 Nov


We are delighted to announce that legendary Hollywood director, JOHN WATERS will be making an appearance at O2 Academy Glasgow for one night only with THIS FILTHY WORLD, VOL. 2 (14 Nov)

THIS FILTHY WORLD, VOL. 2 is a celebration of the joyously appalling taste of America’s most notorious filmmaker – John Waters (HairsprayPink 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.”

This year’s Glasgay! Festival will also feature work by Ron Athey, Stewart Laing, Grant Smeaton, Drew Taylor, Rosana Cade, Colin Bell, James Ley, Zoe Strachanand Damian Barr; across a variety of venues e.g. Tron Theatre, The Arches, Citizens’ Theatre, Rose & Grants Café, The Stand Comedy Club and Glasgow Film Theatre.

The full festival programme will include a FILM PROGRAMME, COMEDY, CLUBS and TALKS AND DEBATES. It will be announced in late July 2014.

The Festival is also delighted to announce a new Principal Sponsor, Glasgow Housing Association.  The festival warmly welcomes this new partnership in which we share the aim of encouraging socially responsible housing with equal access for all.


Maggie Maxwell, Portfolio Manager for Equalities at Creative Scotland, said:

“Creative Scotland has been working with partners to ensure that inclusion and accessibility are at the heart of the Scotland-wide programme, Culture 2014, and the Games time celebration that is Festival 2014. We are proud to be supporting Glasgay!’s programme celebrating LGB&T culture, supporting the visibility and positive representation of leading LGBT artists and performers”

notes to editors – Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here.  We enable people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life.  We distribute funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit  Follow us @creativescots

Caroline Packman, Homecoming Scotland 2014 Director said:
We are delighted to be supporting Glasgay! Through our Year of Homecoming partnership with CreativeScotland , the events produced for the Festival 2014 programme will help to put equalities at the heart of both Homecoming and the Commonwealth Games and are a great addition to the wider LGBT Pride activity taking place across Glasgow. Homecoming Scotland also looks forward to supporting the Glasgay! Festival itself in October and are geared up to enjoy the melting pot of theatre, comedy, art exhibitions and special events that go towards making this wonderful  festival a true Glasgow institution.

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council, said: 
“The eyes of the world are turning to Glasgow as we prepare to host an outstanding celebration of sport and culture as part of the Commonwealth Games. Glasgay! has been a mainstay in our cultural calendar and we’re delighted that their creativity will be an integral part of the city’s cultural celebrations, Festival 2014.”

Jill Miller, Director of Culture at Glasgow Life, said: 
“The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow and it’s important that our commitment to both equality and the arts is at the heart of our celebrations. This outstanding Glasgay! programme will entertain, educate and no doubt titillate audiences as they enjoy the very best of our cultural festival.”

Mark Logan, Chair of Equality & Diversity board for Wheatley Group, Glasgow Housing Association’s parent company, said

“At GHA we value people on their own merit. We aim to treat all customers and colleagues with fairness, respect and acceptance. That’s why we are delighted to support this year’s Glasgay! festival which celebrates LGBT culture.”

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.

Creative Scotland; Glasgow City Council, National Lottery Awards for All, Celebrate 2014 Fund, Event Scotland.
Glasgay! is a legacy project as part of the Glasgow 2014 Cultural Programme.

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30 JUL-2 AUG  :  TALKING HEADS by Alan Bennett – Mitchell Theatre    
1 JUL-31 DEC  :  SPORTING HEADS exhibition – Rose & Grants Café
20 OCT  :  STEPHEN K AMOS – The Stand
22 OCT – 1 NOV  :  CARDINAL SINNE by Raymond Burke – Tron Theatre
23 – 25 OCT  :  LADY FINGERS & EMPIRE BISCUITS – Rosana Cade – The Arches
25 OCT  :  CRAIG HILL – Tron Theatre
29 OCT – 8 NOV  :  COLQUHOUN & MACBRYDE by John Byrne – Tron Theatre
29 OCT – 1 NOV  :  THE MADNESS OF LADY BRIGHT by Lanford Wilson – Rose & Grants
30-31 OCT  :  THERE WERE TWO BROTHERS by Mark Kydd – Brian Cox Studio
2 NOV  :  SARA PASCOE – The Stand
5-7 NOV  :  VILLAGE PUB THEATRE, Leith – Rose & Grants
10 NOV  :  VIKKI STONE – The Stand
13 – 22 NOV  :  SLOPE by Pamela Carter – Citizens’ Theatre
13-15 NOV  :  THESE DELICATE THINGS – Cryptic/Josh Armstrong – CCA
Film, Talks, Clubs and more to be announced by 1st August 2014

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