You know July flies in terrifyingly quickly. That’s why you need to know the best LGBT+-themed performances at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2017 now to get organised, get tickets and emotionally prepare yourself for exciting and diverse theatre and comedy. Here is the cream of the crop, and the tip of the iceberg of amazing LGBT+ talent performing at this year’s festival.
We spoke with Declan Greene about his upcoming play Lilith: The Jungle Girl, which takes the audience deep into the thorny political jungles of colonialism, individualism and assimilation. Renowned as one of Australia’s most exciting independent theatre companies, Sisters Grimm (Ash Flanders and Declan Greene) has developed a cult following for their fiercely smart, anarchic comedies that prize liveness and accessibility. Lilith: The Jungle Girl combines theatre, lo-fi animation and live-art to create a darkly comic allegory – splattered in hot-pink slime. Think The Elephant Man and Ladette to Lady, via Tumblr.com.
Martin returns to the Fringe with his new show Big Fat Gay. This is comedy about being gay and fat and totally fine as well. In his usual candid and heinous style, Martin is vicious and foul but desperate to be liked. His unfiltered internal monologue is liked by adults of all ages and persuasions, though it may not be for everyone…unless I’m doing your nana a discredit.
Mark Bittlestone came out as gay in 2014. Two years later, Will Dalrymple followed suit. By 2015, both of Mark’s parents were dead. Two years later, Will’s parents moved to the Peak District. Will’s gay life has been too happy to be funny, so he’s made one up, to proudly perform to you. Mark’s life has been too sad not to be funny, so he’s going to share with you the truth of his lifetime of horrible tears. Half an hour of fact, half an hour of fiction, an hour of laughs.
When there’s no rule book, you just have to write your own… It’s 14 years since Kate O’Donnell transitioned and a lot has changed. However, where gender is concerned, are we still stuck in the dark ages? Through song, dance, hard-won wisdom and hilarity, You’ve Changed shines a light on the ins and outs and ups and downs of transitioning. Challenging the idea that genitals equal gender, Kate literally bares all, getting her own out on the proverbial table. She’s changed, that’s clear, but have you?
Sam is in a coma. Paolo’s doing everything he can. When Geoff reveals a secret, reality and fantasy blur. This UK debut from critically acclaimed Snowy Owl explores relationships in the digital age, asking what it takes for us to heal and move forward.