Just a couple of kooks…hello pals. April’s shows are about celebrating – not just all things Ziggy, Aladdin, The Thin White Duke and, of course, JARETH THE GOBLIN KING – but all our heroes, inspirations, shining stars. And joining us on stage to just this end…
Jo is known as one of Scotland’s leading playwrights. She has written about 80 performed scripts in just about every dramatic medium, some of which have been performed all over the world, including LOSING VENICE, LIGHT IN THE VILLAGE and THE TREE OF KNOWLEDGE.
She wrote lots of these plays when she was still living as a man, and known as John Clifford. The plays she wrote for the Traverse in the eighties are among those that revived that theatre and made it internationally famous. Since transitioning to Jo, she has also re-discovered herself as an actress and performer, most notably in GOD’S NEW FROCK (the play and the film); SEX, CHIPS AND THE HOLY GHOST; THE PASSION PLAY; THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JESUS QUEEN OF HEAVEN; the film HIGH HEELS AREN’T COMPULSORY and innumerable spoken word events.
There’s just been a new production of her EVERY ONE at Battersea Arts Centre. She and Chris Goode are co-writing the EVE part of EVE/ADAM which she will be performing for the National Theatre of Scotland in October. She is also preparing to take JESUS QUEEN OF HEAVEN to Brazil in May.
… THE SPOOK SCHOOL!
The Spook School are a Queer Transgender Pop-Punk band from Edinburgh, Scotland. Fun and empowering they are brim full of noisy, tuneful and triumphant queer pop songs about identity, sexuality and being awesome. They were the subject of a Rolling Stone documentary spending time with Laura Jane Grace from Against Me! Their new album, Try To Be Hopeful, released on Fortuna POP!, is the sound of a band growing up, embracing their identities, and taking charge at the world. But amidst the fight for a place in society for everyone, there’s still time for love, friendship, and fun. With their bold, fizzy and electrifying anthems, The Spook School are the shot of optimism we’ve been hoping for.
This Newcastle-based stand up poet has been writing and performing poetry and comedy since the turn of the century. An award-winning comedian as well as multi slam winning poet, he has performed his work around the UK, Europe and at many festivals including the Edinburgh Fringe, the Prague Fringe, WOMAD, Larmer Tree and Glastonbury – where he was Poetry Blogger-in-Residence in 2015. He is author of two collections of Poetry; most recently, the warmly received ‘Grown Up’ published by Red Squirrel Press. He was the winner of the BBC Fringe Slam, 2015.
“Scott is one of those rare poets who can have you belly-laughing one moment before stunning you with some powerful poignancy the next. He is a super-engaging performer whose charismatic stage presence is backed up by a depth and diversity.” – Dan Simpson, poet
Viv is a Glasgow based performance poet, comedian, actor and writer whose live performances combine witty, snappy verse and satirical takes on everyday life. Previous gigs include compering T in the Park and Glasgow’s Hogmanay as well as supporting Mark Thomas, Jo Brand and Henry Rollins.
…IMOGEN ISLAY HAY!
In our New Voices slot this month is the multi-instrumentalist talents of Highlands-based Imogen Islay Hay! Hay’s debut EP ‘Little Dragons’ (2015) was the result of the ‘Music Plus’ project, and also led to appearances at the Belladrum festival, and on STV.
Isn’t that just spectacular? Come on over, pals. Let’s dance.