Theatre, comedy and more! What's on at the Southside Fringe?

With so many events on our programme (and without a working time machine) it can be tough deciding which of our fantastic events to go to!

Don’t worry though, if you like a show here’s all the theatre, comedy, cabaret, dance and spoken word events so there’s bound to be something you’ll love.

Tom Harlow Boylesque is performing several cabaret shows at The Savings Bank: Harlow’s Hideaway (Sat 11th) where you can expect the unexpected at an intimate and immersive house party filled with cabaret's finest, burlesque bombshells, singing starlets, magic beyond belief, and much more. And for the kids, Under the ABC, where the "not so little Merman" Tom will be reading fun, empowering and diverse stories and singing some of his all time favourite Disney songs (Sun 12th).

Or head over to The Bungo-Lo for Southside’s longest running monthly cabaret, The Sinister Wink: All the Sinister Sundays every Sunday of the Southside Fringe (12th, 19th, 26th). The Weimar-style duo, whose whiteface makeup and shabby suits evoke both Waiting for Godot and Laurel and Hardy, accompany themselves on ukulele and cello as they sing jaunty ditties about nationalist folly, the arms trade and drowning refugees.

Get your dancing shoes on for several shows which combine dance, theatre and art: In 21 Pornographies (Thurs 16th), Danish choreographer and dancer Mette Ingvartsen examines the powers of pleasure and the pleasures of power, from the Marquis De Sade to the 70s happy heydays, to war-, torture-, and news-porn. The Famous Lauren Barri Holstein plunges into the ghostly underworld of popular culture in her show, Notorious (Sat 11th) examining the myth of Medusa, Nicki Minaj and her own legendary self(ie), to interrogate pop culture’s take on the female monster. And, created and performed by Patricia Panther, Letitia Pleiades, Ashanti Harris and Mele Broomes, V/DA’s Sonic Séance (Thurs 16th and Sat 18th), describes itself as “a vent of desperation, a call for empowerment from the ancestors. Looking at the past, present and future, subverting elements used to shape and manipulate us for the imperialist gaze, Sonic Séance is a passage through the minerals of our earth, ancient symbols, sexual leverage and colonial primitivist fantasies.”

There’s also a wide variety of shows for theatre lovers to enjoy. At Pollokshaws Burgh Hall, The Battle of George Square (Fri 17th) relates the story of Lloyd George’s dilution of the workforce and Barbour’s rent strikes, when 60 000 strikers poured into George Square to protest against mass unemployment and having to work a 57 hour week. The next evening, World Spirit Theatre and Citizens Theatre Glasgow ask Where are you really from? sharing stories of asylum seekers and refugees in Scotland, what labels they are given and how they are treated (Sat 18th).

At Tramway on the 24th and 25th witness a deranged disco, showboating the consequences of society’s reluctance to let their children take risks in 21Common: In The Interests of Health and Safety Can Patrons Kindly Supervise Their Children At All Times. And on the 26th Tramway is graced by an Afro-futuristic soundclash of dance and music, inspired by Grace Jones - perhaps the first superstar who was black, female and unapologetic about her presence, in Nora Chipaumire’s 100%POP.

Also on the 24th at Finn’s Place is Sandstone City Theatre’s Once in a Generation… in which Mary returns home from a day of campaigning for independence, confident that a new era is dawning, while her husband Dave just wants it over with. With marital and political harmony on the rack, will either union survive?

If spoken word is more your bag Living in Language at Finn’s Place and the P Project at Tramway will definitely leave you feeling cultured and your minds expanded. Dr. Linda Jackson will introduce readings by writers across Glasgow, including guest writer: Sheila Templeton (Fri 10th), or for a very different experience experience a performance based on ‘P’ words (such as Piano, Pray, Pussy, Poetry, Poppers), where Ivo Dimchev invites willing members of the audience to write improvised Poetry on stage – in return for hard cash - as he transforms it into a live song at the Piano (Sat 18th).

The only event of it’s kind on our programme that promises to transport us to Andalusia for the evening from the comfort of the Rum Shack, Primavera Flamenca -Tablao Flamenco is a traditional Tablao Flamenco full of strength and energy that can be defined with a single word: impetuous.

Finally, why not get the last laugh with a comedy show! We’ve got a solo stand up show from Scott Capurro (Fri 10th), a curated comedy night at Phillies of Shawlands (Thurs 23rd), and some fantastic combinations of comedy and theatre. Glesga Wumen - The Mystery Swally Adventure at The Shed (10th/11th/12th) looks to be a hilarious and relatable tale about of a girls night oot that’s bound to get everyone singing along and joining their antics. Or fit two mini shows into an evening at Lock’s Bar & Kitchen with Greenplace Theatre Company (Tues 14th & Weds 15th) - from a self aware plot about amateur actors fighting the odds to stay afloat, to a man going to extreme lengths to ensure he inherits his father’s land.

Phew! Still with me? For ticket information and times for all of these events click on each event's link or look them up in the full Southside Fringe Programme, where you can also find a whole host of other events to make your May one to remember!

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