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Creating a magical, theatrical homage called Love Song to Lavender Menace, that is innovative, ground breaking and tour ready.
Creating a magical, theatrical homage called Love Song to Lavender Menace, that is innovative, ground breaking and tour ready.
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Love Song To Lavender Menace - The Scottish Tour

Love Song to Lavender Menace is a new play by James Ley directed by Ros Philips. It will receive a World Premiere at Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh in October 2017 in a production from James Ley in association with Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh. 

Starring Matthew McVarish and Pierce Reid, Love Song to Lavender Menace tells the story of the huge role that radical feminist and LGBT+ bookshop Lavender Menace played in Scotland's LGBT liberation. Founded by Bob Orr and Sigrid Nielsen, the shop opened in Edinburgh in 1982 and was on Forth Street until 1987, when it went on to become West and Wilde bookshop on Dundas Street. The shop was vitally important to Edinburgh's LGBT+ community and people travelled from all over Scotland and the North of England to visit the shop, and to buy LGBT books, available to them for the first time. 

The play is set on the evening of the shop’s 5th birthday, when sales assistants Paul and David take a look back at its origins, its importance, its celebration of queer culture, how things have changed for the better (maybe) ... and straight away, the arguments begin!

The play is the funny and moving exploration of the love and passion it takes to make something happen and the loss that is felt when you have to let it go.

The story so far...

And Love Song has already been on a huge journey. It began life as an LGBT History Month Scotland Cultural Commission, and was first read at the Traverse Theatre in LGBT History Month 2016. The script was then developed with support from Playwrights' Studio, Scotland for Talkfest 2016 and in August 2016 Love Song was read at Edinburgh International Book Festival in a sell-out marquee event during the closing weekend.

After the World Premiere and the run at The Lyceum, Love Song to Lavender Menace will tour Scotland. Demand for the play has exceeded our expectations and because LGBT+ community members travelled across Scotland to visit the shop, we want to make sure we return the favour and tour this play far and wide. 

The Scottish tour

Funding from the Kickstarter will be used to create a production that is fully tour ready, that will adapt to the variety of spaces it has been programmed to play in. It will also cover the cost of the tour so that we can visit all the venues including -

Dundee Rep (23 October), The Lemon Tree, Aberdeen (25 October), Macrobert Arts Centre, Stirling (26 October) , Byre Theatre, St Andrews (27 October), Paisley Arts Centre (28 October) and Platform, Easterhouse (29 October). 

We want to give Love Song to Lavender Menace the best start in life and to create a show that is tour ready, so that it can go on and have a life of its own. If you show this project your support and become a Lavender Menace, we can do just that. 

The team

Our team: Playwright James Ley, Director Ros Philips, Actor Matthew McVarish, Actor Pierce Reid, Project Manager Annabel Cooper, Producer Mentor Alice McGrath, Designer Mamoru Iriguchi, Lighting Designer and Stage Manager Laura Hawkins and Sound Designer Kevin Murray. 

Love Song to Lavender Menace is an LGBT History Month Scotland Cultural Commission. Script developed with support from Playwrights' Studio, Scotland. Thanks to the support of Edinburgh International Book Festival and Red Bridge Arts.

Thanks!

We are really grateful for any support and for you sharing our Kickstarter campaign with your friends. 

Risks and challenges

Everything outlined above will happen. We will make sure everything is delivered. We want to give you the chance to be part of this, and we are hugely grateful of your support.

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    The Oscar

    You are a Lavender Menace and we love you and because you're so sweet, we will send you a tweet from @lovesongplay and add your name to the programme.

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    The Rita Mae

    You are a Lavender Menace and you are not going away! And to thank you for your generous donation we will add your lovely name to our programme sheet and we'll send you a tweet from @lovesongplay and you'll get an "Anti-Christmas Card". These lovingly hand made, humorous cards are an important plot point in the play and they are unique and signed by the artistic team.

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    The Armistead

    You are a Lavender Menace and you have just earned yourself an "Anti-Christmas Card". These lovingly hand made, humorous cards are an important plot point in the play and they are unique and signed by the artistic team. Also you get a tweet from @lovesongplay and your name in the programme. You'll also get a signed copy of the play script published by Oberon Books.

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    The Jeanette

    Oranges are no the only fruit. You're pretty damn fruity yourself! Thank you! You are a Lavender Menace and you're going to have a 20cm tall votive candle with your face beautifully photoshopped onto it along with the words "Your Name - Lavender Menace." You will also be the delighted recipient of an Anti-Christmas Card, a copy of the play script published by Oberon Books and we'll tweet you a photo of the playwright blowing a kiss just at you. And also your name in the programme.

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    The Baldwin

    You are a Lavender Menace and you are not going away and we're not going to let you. We love you so very much and to say thank you we will give you two tickets for Love Song to Lavender Menace whenever you blinking like, (subject to availability), a 20cm votive Mexican candle with your face on it, done beautifully so you look remarkable and your name and we're going to of course identify you as a Lavender Menace. You'll get an Anti-Chirstmas card too, a copy of the play script, published by Oberon Books and a shout out in the programme and a big kiss face photo from James Ley tweeted from @lovesongplay.

    N.B. we went for the surname for this reward in case the highest reward appeared to be named after the Love Song playwright.

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