Organisers of the Edinburgh Festival Fringe have announced that this year’s programme will include more than 50 shows covering LGBT themes, including a number of new works.
Highlights include: Trans Scripts, a show based on real interviews exploring gender identity through the struggles and triumphs of six transgender women.
In The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven, written and performed by trans playwright, performer and poet Jo Clifford, bread is shared, wine drunk and familiar stories are reimagined by a transgender Jesus.
The Traverse Theatre will present the world premiere of Swallow, a new play by Stef Smith which takes a long, hard look at the extremes of modern life with questions of identity, heartbreak and hope.
From the Czech Republic, Boys Who Like to Play With Dolls is a contemporary dance show set in a world in which masculinity and femininity are unrelated to male and female forms, questioning conventions and clichés of gender.
I Am Not Myself These Days is a new one man show by Fuel, adapted from a bestselling memoir, which recounts a time when Josh, the central character, worked as a drag queen, battled alcoholism and loved a crack-addicted rent boy.
By the Bi fuses modern dance, physicalised movement and spoken word to explore harmful and hurtful stereotypes of bisexuality such as confusion, greediness and promiscuity.
The International Stud is an award-winning play which follows drag queen Arthur on his search for love in the backrooms of the 1980s gay scene.
These Troubled Times is a comedic and irreverent exploration of homophobia, religion and the meaning of family.
How to Keep an Alien is based on a true story. Sonya meets Australian Kate and they fall in love just weeks before Kate’s visa is up and she must leave Ireland. Together they have to find a way to prove to the Department of Immigration that they have the right to live together.
Sex, Hugs and Gender Roles: A Panel Show About Sexuality is a free, unique stand-up panel show exploring relationships with sex, sexuality and culture.
Aussie cabaret sensation Amelia Ryan will perform her multi award-winning cabaret show A Storm in a D Cup, written about her gay father, transgender step-mother and failed career as an exotic dancer.
Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho returns after a sell-out at the 2014 Fringe and sees Maggie in a drag comedy cabaret extravaganza about gay rights, the 80s and disco.
The Night Shift with Gloria Hole sees the loud, crude and primarily drunk Gloria Hole question what on earth an ageing drag queen does when it’s time to hang up her heels.
The 2015 Edinburgh Festival Fringe will run from, August 7-31.
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