Tuesday, 16 August 2011


AnnalyticaPosted by Annalytica

As we may have mentioned, we're heading up to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival very soon! The first of us are travelling up on Thursday, which is also the day that marks six months since this blog was launched.

While we're away, we won't be updating the blog regularly, so things will be rather quiet around here for the next couple of weeks. Service as usual will resume in September!

In the meantime, if you're in Edinburgh yourself, here are some shows to look out for:

Batman! Holy Spoof Musical Batstravaganza! featuring Lashings' own Jenni

Mae Day: I'm Not Waving, I'm Drowning
: Lashings were lucky enough to see comedian Mae Martin performing live at Red Box. With her quirky, self-depracating style, she is very likeable and very very funny.

Morgan & West: Crime Solving Magicians
Morgan and West can be held partly responsible for bringing together several of the Lashers-to-be, back in the depths of Lashings history.Their own show is well worth a look.

And, obviously, you should see Sally and Lashings!


  1. Does anyone else have any show recommendations?
    I'm intrigued by Rachael's Cafe

    A quick google search suggests that this is based on the true story of a particular trans woman, and was created through interviews with her and with her consent, so that allays some of my worries. Mind you, "The true story of one man’s unique and moving journey through gender, sexuality and family life told with wit, wisdom and a great cup of coffee." is concerning.

  2. My last comment was a bit vague, so to clarify my thoughts on Rachael's Cafe:

    Based on the programme notes, this play could sit anywhere on a fairly broad spectrum from being a show in which a trans woman tells her own experiences in her own words, to being a show produced by a theatre company made up entirely of cis-gendered people, who have appropriated and sensationalised trans experiences for their own profit.

    The fact that the show is neither written nor performed by Rachael herself doesn't automatically make it problematically appropriative in my view. At least, not so appropriative that the play does more harm than good by it's existence. However, if writer is a cis-gendered person writing about trans experiences, then they need to be quite careful how they go about that.

    I'm encouraged by the fact that Rachael is apparently a real person - as opposed to the writer's imagined ideas of what a trans person would be like - and by the fact that she endorses the play. But I'm concerned by the way the programme notes spend a lot of their word allowance on the more "sensational" aspects of the story, and fail to explain the nature of the real Rachael's involvement in the creation of the play. That suggests they didn't think that was a very important question, which in turn suggests they haven't given it much thought.