Taking place this year from October 15 to November 4, this year Glasgay! will be celebrating and questioning acts of union, whether “they be forced, failed, loveless, romantic, new, falling apart, personal or political, blessed or corrupt”.
Its centrepiece theatre production is the UK premiere of the stage adaptation of cult 1971 movie Harold & Maude, directed by Kenny Miller (formerly Citizens Theatre).
Elsewhere in our theatre programme the festival explores the major campaign for Equal Marriage both at home and abroad. The festival also looks to foreground the work of new writers, and will stage premiere readings of 8 by Dustin Lance Black (Milk), and Any Objections?, a series of 10 minutes plays from around the world.
Glasgow’s Johnny McKnight (Random Accomplice) also directs a one-night reading of Colin Bell’s All That Promise, examining the highs and lows of an Irish boy band. The Arches present Ireland’s award-winning HotForTheatre’s I Heart Alice Heart I, the “unflinching story of a most unlikely Irish lesbian couple”.
Music-wise, one highlight is the appearance of US singer-songwriter John Grant, whose last album Queen Of Denmark was critically acclaimed. The festival also brings the return of one of Scotland’s contemporary composer/performer David Paul Jones (Palmstar Poppy).
The festival is presenting its first classical music event in some years, from Scottish Ensemble who celebrate Benjamin Britten, the man his music and his relationship with tenor, Peter Pears. The concert Illuminations features tenor Thomas Walker, and visuals by video artist Netia Jones.
Comedy fans can expect Craig Hill’s Jock’s Trap plus an almost-but-not-quite all-male night – Bearly Funny in aid of Gay Men’s Health, as well as the return of wickedly sharp stand-up Scott Capurro.
Glasgay! is joins up this year with Glasgow’s live-art and cabaret scene in two new partnerships. Frock On Frock Off is a week-long mini-festival featuring newly discovered style gurus Tranny & Roseannah with the Olympiad Of Drag.
The Glasgow Cabaret Festival will be featuring the likes of The Creative Martyrs and The Redettes, while Glasgay! is teaming up again with the Virginia Gallery to bring Luke & Jack’s Basement Burlesque featuring Markus Makavellian, Cherry Loco and guests.
The festival’s visual arts bring two exhibitions which examine “union” and “self”. Unit-E staged by the Virginia Gallery is a multi-media group show inspired by personal and political responses to the theme of Union. In direct contrast, Scottish artist Alexandra Muirhead stages Female, Untitled – a very quiet, personal body of work which looks at the individual and the space around us.
The film programme, brought by Glasgow Film Theatre, Lock up Your Daughters and the festival producer, offers a range of work highlighting “not-so-perfect families, highly charged encounters, first experiences, fantasies and harsh realities of living in a world that rejects our universal human rights”.
For more information on the festival visit www.glasgay.com.