James Ley in association with Royal Lyceum Theatre, supported by Red Bridge Arts

Love Song To Lavender Menace

Thu 26 Oct 2017

Recommended for age 14+ | 75mins

A funny and moving play that tells the story of the huge role that radical feminist and LGBT+ bookshop Lavender Menace played in Scotland's LGBT liberation.

Friends Discount applicable

Tickets: £10.50 / £8.50 Conc / £5.50 Students

You want books? I’ll give you books!

It’s 1987 and shop workers Lewis and Glen are getting ready for a celebration of the 5th anniversary of Lavender Menace, Scotland’s foremost lesbian, gay, feminist bookshop.

From its humble beginnings in the cloakroom of an Edinburgh nightclub, (that saw a performance from the Village People!), this trailblazing venture has become the beating heart of Edinburgh’s LGBT community. But can it survive in Thatcher’s changing Britain of capitalism and commodification?

Love Song to Lavender Menace is a beautifully 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.

Love Song to Lavender Menace Kickstarter Campaign. 

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. After the World Premiere and the run at The Lyceum in Oct 2017, Love Song to Lavender Menace will tour Scotland. Demand for the play has exceeded our expectations and because LGBT+ community members have travelled across Scotland to visit the shop, we want to make sure we return the favour and tour this play far and wide. 

Find out how you can help make this happen. 

An LGBT History Month Scotland Cultural Commission. Funded by Creative Scotland. Script developed with support from Playwrights' Studio, Scotland. Thanks to the support of Edinburgh International Book Festival. Image by Waël Seaiby.
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Pierce Reid

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