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Love Song to Lavender Menace

Cast your mind back to 1982 - Margaret Thatcher sends the British Fleet to the Falklands, Channel 4 comes to the living room and Prince William is born, but this play has nothing to do with all that. This play is about activism, community and fighting for acceptance with words, music, humour and heart. Read more …

On Edinburgh’s Forth Street, two friends Bob and Sigrid are opening their new lesbian, gay and feminist bookshop, ‘Lavender Menace’. A trailblazing venture that will become the beating heart for Edinburgh’s LGBT+ community.

Now on the eve of the shop’s 5th birthday, sales assistants Lewis and Glen 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!

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.


The critical consensus

Ley has written a thoroughly entertaining play that’s chock full of local references but ones informed by wider and bigger issues.

****(*)Irene Brown, Edinburgh Guide, 14/10/2017

Occasionally the action becomes oddly unfocused like a series of interconnected sketches, yet clearly there is a little piece of theatre magic here screaming and clawing to come out.

***(*)(*)Ken Wilson, The Wee Review, 14/10/2017

Where and when?

Royal Lyceum, Edinburgh from Thursday October 12, 2017, until Saturday October 21, 2017. More info: www.lyceum.org.uk

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