By James Macfarlane – Senior Writer
As the celebrations of the festive period become a distant memory, the arts industry begins to prepare for the annual Edinburgh Fringe Festival in August of this year. The next few months see comedians begin performing their new material in their first “work in progress” shows and theatre troupes put the final touches to their scripts. In one of the more exciting pieces of news for the 2020 Fringe, up and coming venue TheSpace UK teams up with LAMBCO Productions to produce six all new LGBTQI+ shows in their TripleX Studio on Nicholson Street.
Running back-to-back from 5 pm to midnight, these shows range from comedy to burlesque and everyone is sure to find something they love. The shows are all adult in nature and include modern day takes on themes such as relationships, desire and sexuality.
The comedy two-hander HAPPY ENDING teasingly explores the relationship between a gay masseur and one of his straight clients.
Next to tickle your fancy is TICKLE – THE MUSICAL – exploring the perils of quick cash in the soft porn industry.
Then we have BOY TOY. A queer reimagining of Coppélia. This modern ballet uses tequila slamming Soho sexiness, an all-male cast and stunning storytelling. Nominated for 3 Off West End Awards.
Hot on the heels of BoyToy is HAPPILY EVER POOFTER – the smash-hit Disney parody show in which a gay Fairytale Prince goes on a hilarious, heartwarming adventure to find his “one true love”
Next, we’re off to splash around in the soap suds of BATHHOUSE THE MUSICAL. High energy camp fun in this rib-tickling, toe-tapping, towel flicking musical.
To top all this, this late-night musical burlesque BOYS IN THE BUFF – in which Diana and her four gorgeous boys explore the nooks and crannies of their bodies and let it all hang out.
In relation to their partnership with LAMBCO, TheSpace UK say that they are “delighted”.
“Our programme challenges perceptions with diverse work & art created by and about queer & LGBT people, putting it in different contexts, whether familiar, new or unusual. We are hugely proud to be able to work with the LGBTQI+ community to offer the Edinburgh audience a selection of creative work at its very best.”
This is certainly a progressive step forward from TheSpace UK. ScotsGay will be looking forward to seeing the shows and keeping readers informed on our opinions.
Tickets can be purchased from Thursday 30th via the Edinburgh Fringe Website: https://tickets.edfringe.com/whats-on#q=*%3A*