Interview: Laurie Brown on Tranny and Roseannah's subversive panto, A Gay in a Manger

Interview: Laurie Brown on Tranny and Roseannah's subversive panto, A Gay in a Manger

‘There’s fights, there’s booze, there’s offensive relatives. But there can be negative stuff too.'

Laurie Brown, one of the team behind The Arches’ adult Christmas show, says that A Gay in a Manger began with a serious inspiration. ‘It originally came from a desire to see something at Christmas that wasn’t a family show. Christmas is so often a time of love and giving, joy and happiness, but there’s also a darker side.’

Having challenged the seasonal stereotype, the team found humour in this darkness. ‘Christmas really is “as camp as Christmas”, so the show has got camp fun with a dirty heart,’ he continues. ‘A Gay in a Manger is a real excuse for a dirty belly laugh. Traditional pantos have innuendos that fly over the wee ones’ heads: ours don’t fly over anyone’s head. They smack you in the teeth. But at least we offer you a drink beforehand.’

Starring irrepressible lifestyle gurus Tranny and Roseannah – previously seen deconstructing gender at Glasgay!A Gay, like much satire, bases its humour in dark materials. ‘Christmas is a wholesome festival and this show is an antidote,’ Brown concludes. ‘There’s fights, there’s booze, there’s the offensive relative. But there can be negative stuff too.’

The Arches, Glasgow Thu 12–Sat 21 Dec.

A Gay in a Manger

Alternative Christmas experience presented by Tranny and Roseannah featuring Adrian Howells as Grandma. Ages 18+.

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