Glasgay! 2010 highlights
Glasgow festival celebrates LGBT relationships
The programme for Glasgay! 2010 celebrates relationships and takes a look at how LGBT people relate to each and their wider society. Allan Radcliffe takes a look at some of the festival highlights
Award winning Glasgow-based authors Zoé Strachan and Louise Welsh have collaborated on a gripping thriller in which two lovers witness sudden changes in bird migration patterns that herald impending disaster. The suspenseful exploration of fear, isolation and paranoia is directed by Alison Peebles for the Citizens Theatre.
Citizens Theatre, Tue 19–Sat 30 Oct.
Wendy Miller and Rachel Amey’s play looks at the burgeoning phenomenon of young people self-harming and committing suicide. The four-character drama focuses on the family members and social workers of two lost girls.
The Arches, Tue 26–Sat 30 Oct.
Jean Genet’s ‘exquisite, poisoned pearl of a play’ is given a new lease of life by Derek McLuckie and an all-male cast. This new interpretation examines gender and class war through the well-known story of two maids who plot the gruesome murder of their upper class employer.
Tron Theatre, Tue 4–Sat 13 Nov.
Red Dust Road
Following last year’s triumph with The Maw Broon Monologues Jackie Kay returns to Glasgay! with a one-night special reading of her acclaimed memoir, which traces the Glaswegian writer’s first meetings with her birth parents, and explores notions of family and connections. The reading is accompanied by music and song from Suzanne Bonnar.
Tron Theatre, Wed 10 Nov.
Queers and Answers
A new series of talks and debates, which aims to explode some old myths and take on some sacred cows, looking at everything from freedom to faith, sex and the body, school and society. The series is delivered in partnership with partner organisations such as the Equality Network, Stonewall, LGBT Youth Scotland and Glasgow Women’s Library.
Various venues and dates. See www.glasgay.co.uk for full details.
Prayers for Bobby
Award-winning film starring Sigourney Weaver as a devout Christian who becomes an unlikely advocate of LGBT rights following the suicide of her gay son, Bobby. Based on a true story the film was originally made for US television but receives a cinema screening for Glasgay!
Glasgow Film Theatre, Sun 24 Oct.
Live gig from the up-and-coming lesbian/queer/transgender band from Brooklyn, New York to accompany their critically acclaimed album My Dear One. The band’s music is distinctive for its Jewish influences and radical political messages.
The Winchester Club, Sat 6 Nov.