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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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