🎭 Ed Fringe 2018: Love Song To Lavender Menace

LSTLM is a love letter to queer literature and the scene in 1980s Edinburgh...


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Love Song to Lavender Menace. edinburghfestival.org.

 

This is a play about coming out versus staying in.

 

 

The opening scene offers us a monologue with someone stepping in and out of the shadows. Themes of the importance of belonging, as well as creating and celebrating queer spaces, illustrate the true story of Lavender Menace, an Edinburgh based LGBT, feminist radical book shop.

 

Punctuated with anthemic 80s pop hits, Love Song To Lavender Menace is set at a time when the legalisation of homosexual acts had only just been passed in Scotland, with many LGBT people struggling to live open, safe and equal lives. 

 

Lavender Menace takes its name from group of radical lesbian feminists who protested congress over lesbian rights in the 1970s.

 

This two man production playfully tells the stories of many characters and relationships, with plays within a play, our two charismatic and warm lead characters taking on a variety of roles to tell the audience about the origins of their relationship as well as the history of bookshop Lavender Menace, and founders Bob Orr and Sigrid Nielsen.

 

 

A working knowledge of a queer canon that includes authors Jeanette Winterson and Armistead Maupin is helpful but not required to enjoy the warmth and spirit of writer James Lay’s script.

 

While set 30 years ago, I was struck by how so many of the themes of activism, capitalism, visibility, and survival in Love Song To Lavender Menace are as relevant and universal today as they were then ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

   

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