Tammy Lamb’s joyful queer rom com is featuring this year

BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY MICHAEL WHARLEY

It’s almost that time of year again! The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the world’s largest arts festival, and it’s returning from 5-29 August 2022. This year, there’s an array of LGBTQI content up for grabs, including WILF at Traverse Theatre, queer superstar ALOK and The Last Return from Sonya Kelly. Brace yourselves – there’s a hell of a lot of queer content on this year! Have your diaries at the ready.

Want to explore what queer sex can do for you and for wider humanity? Plaster Cast Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Delicious Fruits at the Pleasance Dome, starring Ayden and Lizard, who want to be cool, sexually liberated teenagers but struggle amongst their cis, straight peers. By chatting about queer sex as much as possible, they hope to bring about a sexual revolution of sorts. This show is comprised of verbatim sex stories and anarchic punk songs, with the project representing a wider rebellion against sex-related shame.

Next up, there’s Happy Meal from Tabby Lamb, a joyously queer rom com. Directed by Jamie Fletcher and produced by Roots and Theatre Royal Plymouth in association with ETT and Oxford Playhouse, this isn’t one to miss. This one goes back to the days of dial up and MSN, and follows two teens into their adulthood, from MySpace to TikTok, from cis to trans in a hilarious, nostalgic story of transition. On this, Tabby states: “I started writing Happy Meal during lockdown, when trans people were more often than not isolating alone or in unsupportive environments. This is a play about trans people by trans people and for trans people – a celebration of everything that makes us powerful!”

The Stones is a queer gothic mystery taking place at Assembly Rooms. Written by Kit Brookman and performed by Luke Mullins, this one follows the story of Nick, who after breaking up with his boyfriend takes a job as a private tutor to two children in an old house in Sussex. Everything seems perfect, until the stones begin to arrive. This one sounds eery!

For a more light-hearted afternoon, LIZARD BOY tells the story of lizard boy, Trevor, and his first date with a boy. It’s equal parts comic book lore and a coming of age story, a rock musical composed by Justin Huertas. Equally, An Audience With Milly-Liu is a late-night one-man cat-drag comedy described as the last chapter in the autobiography of an infamous feline movie star. This one takes place at Pleasance Courtyard.

Closure is a “gripping” new play about Revenge, presented by  Ink and Curtain in association with the Pleasance Theatre and HOME Manchester. A darkly comical celebration of catharsis, revenge and feminine ravage, Closure follows Mia, Alex and Laura as they enjoy a dinner party. Plot twist: they might not all leave alive.

How To Build A Wax Figure by Isabella Waldron is an endearing story, narrating the meeting of a girl and an anatomical wax sculptor. They fell in love, of course. Equally, Tropicana is the self-described “ultimate queer comedy cabaret” featuring queer cabaret icon Aidan Sadler. This one is set to explore and abuse the gender binary. Sign us up!

And last, but not least, Plaster Cast Theatre will be bringing Sound Cistem to the streets of Edinburgh. A radical dance party conducted by two trans performers, Sound Cistem will be inundated with lights, music and queer celebration. It features recorded interviews with trans and non-binary people.

To browse shows and access ticket information, visit the Edinburgh Fringe website here. To keep up with the Fringe, follow the festival on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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