Glasgay! - Highlights
David Trullo’s Ecce Homo & Gregor Laird’s Plastic Pastorals
These two rising stars of the European art circuit display their wares at the Q! Gallery. Spanish photographer Trullo unpicks the enduring Western obsession with beauty while Scot Laird satirises romantic notions of his home nation in glorious pop-art colours.
Both Q! Gallery: Ecce Homo, Tue 9 Sep–Sat 4 Oct; Plastic Pastorals, Tue 7 Oct–Sat 9 Nov.
An Ocean of Rain
Theatre Cryptic and Dutch Ensemble MAE present the Scottish premier of this new multimedia opera which explores life after death. Set in Haiti, the libretto focuses on Kiev, a young prostitute on the run from her husband and the authorities, who witnesses the murder of a sex tourist. The music is a fusion of electro with live instrumentation from MAE.
Tramway, Thu 9–Sat 11 Oct.
Inspired by the phenomenally successful, landmark 1975 memoir The Naked Civil Servant, Robert Pacitti’s piece explores the legacy of queer icon Quentin Crisp. The one-man show uses multimedia to portray the life of the man who famously refused to stay in the closet.
Tramway, Thu 16 & Fri 17 Oct.
House Valley Vogue Ball
Kill for a ticket to Glasgow’s first ever drag ball! On a dreich Saturday night in October, Lady Munter and her acolytes will appear to lead one of the most glamorous, lipstick-coated nights the city has ever seen. Meanwhile, a catwalk competition gives all those with a bit of a swing in their step the chance to take part in a ‘vogue-off’.
Sloans Ballroom, Sat 25 Oct.
Bloom, Bud Suite & La Reigne
The latest work from acclaimed US choreographer Stephen Petronio is based on lyrics by The Stranglers and Rufus Wainwright. Petronio’s non-narrative approach to dance is a joy for audiences who prefer to revel in the dancers’ shapes across the stage rather than worry about Giselle’s broken heart.
Theatre Royal, Tue 4 & Wed 5 Nov.
With a tribute to Bette Davis, a flirty London flick with Brittany Murphy, a handful of sexy, edgy foreign films and cameos from the likes of Dawn French, Glasgay’s film programme is the very model of eclecticism.
Venues and dates vary.
Europe's largest queer multi-arts festival takes over Glasgow with comedy, music, film, theatre, visual art, performance art, literature, club nights, educational events and community arts projects.
Following numerous exhibitions in Europe, Spanish artist David Trullo presents a collection of photographs themed on the iconographical representation of beauty. His work makes a connection with the past and with Western culture through contemporary subjects. 'Part of Glasgay!'
Glasgay! Launch Night
This year Scotland's massive gay-oriented multi-arts festival has gone all 40s chic by incorporating the Tennessee Williams Festival and giving the playwright his dues. Start the festival with cocktails, canapes, music from R-P-Z's DJ Hushpuppy and sneak previews of the programme.
Pom Pom International
Join Amy Lamé, hostess of infamous London club night Duckie and minor TV celebrity, for a night of dancing, performance and yarny art. Come along and fashion your very own Pom Pom for Peace with Amy! 'Part of Glasgay!'
Elysian Fields: The Life and Curious Death of Tennessee Williams
A new play by Derek McLuckie about Tennessee Williams in his dotage - old, lonely, drink addled and drug addicted - before a fatal accidental overdose. With Grant Smeaton as Tenn & Pauline Goldsmith as Vivien Leigh, his companion in madness. 'Part of Glasgay!'
Gregor Laird, founder of Edinburgh's queer clubs Disko Bloodbath and Heroes, displays countryside vistas with a dramatic colour make-over and designer's aesthetic. 'Part of Glasgay!'
An Ocean of Rain
A new multimedia chamber opera exploring life after death that combines an electronic score with live instrumentation. By Cryptic and Ensemble MAE. 'Part of Glasgay!'
To Kill a Kelpie
A new play by Matthew Smith that focuses on two men talking to the children they used to be about the devious, mythical (or is it?) Scottish kelpie and the very real threat of child abuse. 'Part of Glasgay!'
Richard Eton performs Pacitti Company's exploration of Quentin Crisp's infamous autobiography 'The Naked Civil Servant' through live performance, film, slides, original sound materials and music. 'Part of Glasgay!'
AL Kennedy and Lucy Porter join tiny firebrand Susan Calman for a Glasgay! special. 'Part of Glasgay!'
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…