Top five events at Glasgay! 2012

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  • 18 September 2012
Top five events at Glasgay! 2012

Featuring Harold and Maude, John Grant, 8 and Tranny and Roseannah

Harold and Maude

Glasgay’s main 2012 commission, in collaboration with Theatre Jezebel. This is the UK premiere of Colin Higgins’ stage adaptation of the 1971 cult film looking at the unlikely friendship between a spoiled rich kid with melancholy on his mind, and a 79-year-old widow who teaches him the importance of living life to its fullest.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 30 Oct–3 Nov.

John Grant

Frontman of 90s indie act the Czars, Grant will play material from his new album, due for release in spring next year, and 2010’s Queen of Denmark, detailing his troubled childhood as a gay man growing up in a deeply religious family.
The Arches, Glasgow, 25 Oct.

2012 Film Programme

Co-ordinated by the GFT, Glasgow collective Lock Up Your Daughters and Glasgay! director Steven Thompson, this year’s programme includes cult classics like Mommie Dearest and Female Trouble, as well as new releases, locally-made short films and thought-provoking documentaries.
GFT & CCA, Glasgow, 15 Oct–3 Nov.


The stage premiere of readings from 8, written by Academy Award-winner Dustin Lance Black of Milk and J Edgar fame, and looking at Proposition 8, the discriminatory law which removed the right of LGBT couples in California to marry.
Tron Theatre, Glasgow, 4 Nov & Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh, 6 Nov.

Frock On Frock Off

A week-long mini-festival as part of both Glasgay! and Glasgow Cabaret Festival, there is a ‘cabaret come reality TV makeover show’ from hosts Tranny and Roseannah, plus workshops, film screenings, art exhibitions and The Olympiad of Drag for a grand finale.
Rose & Grants & The Glue Factory, Glasgow, 23–28 Oct.

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John Grant

  • 4 stars

The former Czars singer has a baritone to die for and a handful of critically-acclaimed solo albums under his belt.

Alexandra Palace, London N22

Wed 23 Jun

£31.50–£48 (£16.37) / 020 8365 2121

Thu 24 Jun

£31.50–£48 (£16.37) / 020 8365 2121

Mon 6 Sep

£31.50–£48 (£16.37) / 020 8365 2121

Tue 7 Sep

£31.50–£48 (£16.37) / 020 8365 2121

Barcelona Bar, Liverpool

Sat 8 May


Sat 11 Sep


Barrowland Ballroom, Glasgow

Thu 20 May

£34.50 / 0141 552 4601

Thu 9 Sep

£34.50 / 0141 552 4601

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Twenty two years after it burst onto the scene, Glasgay! continues to test the limits of LGBT arts. Taking place across a variety of Glasgow venues each autumn, this performing and visual arts festival presents work that includes LGBTQI artists and engages with social issues as well as questions of identity, sexuality and…


A new play by Dustin Lance Black (Milk, J Edgar) about two couples who take on Proposition 8, the law that took away the right for LGBT couples to marry in California in 2008. Performed as a rehearsed reading.

Female Trouble

  • 1974
  • US
  • 1h 29min
  • 18
  • Directed by: John Waters
  • Cast: Divine, David Lochary, Mary Vivian Pearce

The late, legendary Divine stars as a spoiled schoolgirl who runs away from home, gets pregnant and becomes a model for a pair of beauticians who photograph women committing crimes. It will surprise no one that this is directed by John Waters.

Harold and Maude

A new staging by Theatre Jezebel of Colin Higgins' play, derived of course from the classic 1971 blackly comic film about the friendship between a teenager obsessed with death and a 79-year-old widow who sees the best in everything – even funerals.

Tranny & Roseannah

The eponymous ladies serve up their rather unique cabaret/reality TV makeover show, with acts such as Foxy & Husk and Lucy Hutson tackling topics from baking measurement conversions to conversion therapy for gay people.

Mommie Dearest

  • 1981
  • US
  • 2h 9min
  • 15
  • Directed by: Frank Perry
  • Cast: Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

Based on the infamous exposé by Joan Crawford's daughter, this almost ended Dunaway's career. She plays the mentally abusive matriarch, dragging up two adopted children she's collected to fill a void in her life.

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