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Staff Pride Network

Staff Pride Network

The Staff Pride Network is an inclusive network that serves as a resource for the rich diversity of LGBT+ employees across the institution, including PhD students who prefer to attend staff events. We strive to take an intersectional approach to providing a safe, supportive and welcoming environment for all people who self identify as part of LGBT+ communities, whether or not they are 'out' in the wider world, and to make LGBT+ issues more visible within the University environment. Different organisations use different acronyms to refer to specific groups, and terminology is always evolving. Our definition of LGBT+ includes, among others, those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, gender fluid, intersex, non-binary, asexual, pansexual and polyamorous. It also includes all those individuals and communities whose sexuality or gender identity is a matter of shared personal, political and/or social experience, as well as those who are LGBT+ allies.

Festival Newsletter

Festival Newsletter
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Welcome to our special Festival Edition of the
Staff Pride Network Newsletter

In an effort to showcase LGBT+ content from around the Edinburgh Festival, we are bringing you this supplementary edition of the Staff Pride Network Newsletter, featuring shows and performances from SPN members, as well as their friends and partners.

As always, we also want to celebrate the achievements of the diverse LGBT+ community across the university. So if you have any news, research or events that you would like to include in the newsletter (August issue due later this month) then please do get in touch –

A Message From Our Social and Events Officer
Alex Solomon
Hello Staff Pride Network!

I hope you won’t mind that I’ve temporarily commandeered our lovely newsletter to bring you this special Festival edition, packed full of events to watch out for.  Whether you’re looking for theatre, music, comedy, or even a night out, there’s something for everyone included below.

Want to get involved?
We’re also giving our members the opportunity to contribute to our weekly Festival Digest, by leaving a show recommendation or review using this form.

Simply fill out the form and we’ll do the rest – the Digest will be sent out to the network each Wednesday during the Festival, in plenty of time for you to check out anything that tickles your fancy.

So don’t be shy, share the love and send in your top picks!

Best wishes,
SPN Member Showcase
The events below feature the work of Staff Pride Network members.
4D Cinema
Artist: Mamoru Iriguchi, Operator: Gavin J. Pringle
(Theatre/Live Performance)

Returning for a limited run as part of the Free Fringe, ‘4D Cinema’ was a hit at last year’s Fringe, receiving 5 stars from the Scotsman and Broadway Baby, as well as a ‘Best Director Award’ from the Asian Arts Awards.

Sporting a projector and a screen around his head, performance maker and theatre designer Mamoru Iriguchi turns himself into a mobile cinema. He then performs with a host of Hollywood film stars by dint of black and white classic film clips, with special focus on Marlene Dietrich.

‘4D Cinema’ is a performance piece that explores what is live, and what is recorded and so fixed eternally on film. Iriguchi investigates what it is that films mean to us, in an age where new technology blurs actual and virtual realities.

Showtimes and info available: here

A Virus to End Humanity?
Dr. Liam Brierley (Lecture/Spoken Word)

We’re constantly threatened by outbreaks of diseases like SARS and Ebola.

Can we win the fight against a deadly unidentified infectious disease that has just been discovered at the Edinburgh Fringe? Or is the task of staying one step ahead now too much for scientists? How could this virus arise, where could it come from and what could it mean for you? How fast will it spread from our very feet to the rest of the world?

Join epidemiologist Liam Brierley to see if humans will win the struggle to survive.
As part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas, Dr Liam Brierley will present ‘A Virus To End Humanity?’, an interactive pandemic scenario investigating where a newly discovered ‘Fringe virus’ might have come from, whether it could spread worldwide, and how it might be controlled. Liam is an epidemiologist with the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, and completed his PhD within the Centre for Immunity, Infection & Evolution last year.

Tickets and info available: here

Artist/Writer: Mamoru Iriguchi, Assistant Director: Gavin J. Pringle
(Theatre/Young Audience)

Written and performed by Mamoru Iriguchi, ‘Eaten’ is a highly visual, informative, bonkers, funny and sad show. Targeted at children 6-15 years old and their guardians, ‘Eaten’ will also appeal to folks older than 21, although 15-21 year-olds may be just too cool for school!

What if your food started talking back? Meet Lionel the lion. He’s just eaten a human called Mamoru for lunch. But Lionel hasn’t chewed his food well. So Mamoru’s alive and well in his stomach, and now wants to say hello. A strange friendship between the eater and the eaten starts to grow. Meanwhile, Lionel’s breakfast wants to say hello… from his bottom! Eaten invites children and grown-ups to the fascinating world of food chains, asking, “What should we eat?”, and “Who should eat us?!”

Tickets and showtimes available: here

‘Fringe Fantasmic’ and
‘Anthems: The Movie Musicals’

Two Concerts by Edinburgh Music Theatre (Music/Musical Theatre)

Join SPN member Jerrard Doran, as he performs in two concerts with EMT (Edinbugh Music Theatre)!

The first concert, Fringe Fantasmic, is packed with sing-a-long favourites from kids’ films like Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Aladdin, and The Muppets. The second, Anthems: The Movie Musicals, features some of the greatest hits to appear on both stage and screen, with songs from Rent, Cabaret, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, Guys & Dolls, and many more.

The concerts take place at St Andrew’s and St George’s West Church on George Street from 8th-11th August. Fringe Fantasmic shows at 7:10pm and Anthems: The Movie Musicals at 8:40pm. Tickets to see one of the concerts are £12, £10 concession and £5 for children. Tickets to see both shows on the same night are available on a combo deal through cast members for £18, £15 concession and £7.50 for children. If you would like to book any tickets, please get in touch with!

Loud and Proud Fringe Concert
(Music/A Capella)
Scotland’s LGBT a cappella singing sensation is back at the Fringe! Loud and Proud presents its annual Fringe concert in support of Waverley Care, Scotland’s HIV and Hepatitis C charity. The choir, now in its 12th year, combines Scottish songs, songs from abroad, show tunes, gospel and pop classics – and more! A Fringe event not to be missed. Saturday 19th August at 7.30pm, St Cuthbert’s Parish Church, Lothian Road. Tickets are £14 / £10 concessions and are available now!

Tickets available: here

Friends & Partners Showcase
The events below feature the work of friends & partners of SPN members.
From Today, Everything Changes
The Oast Theatre (Theatre/LGBT/New Writing)
A new play
by Ian Tucker-Bell

Before Chris’s wife died, after over 30 years of marriage, she made him promise to be himself. But accepting he’s gay is only the start. Online dating is a whole new world; can this younger man really be interested in him? And how does he come out to his daughter? Written by first time Fringe author Ian Tucker-Bell and brought to Edinburgh by the Oast Theatre, this new play takes a refreshingly honest and tender look at a 60-year-old man coming out and finding love.

Tickets and showtimes: here

Kinsey Sicks: Things you Shouldn’t Say
(Comedy/Music/A Capella)
Limited run: 2nd-13th only!

If you love Donald Trump, you’ll hate this show! Get ready for a hilarious, thought-provoking, heartbreaking yet inspiring experience – in glorious four-part harmony and over-the-top drag!

America’s favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet (and Edinburgh, Off-Broadway and Vegas favourites!) return with their provocative new musical that takes a searing journey into Trumpism, racism, AIDS, giraffes, Bette Midler, oblong vegetables and so much more!

‘All-you-can-enjoy bundle of fabulousness; amazing voices’ (Scotland on Sunday). ‘Wonderfully smart and liberating; hilarious; lovably ribald’ (Times). ‘Hottest ticket in town; voices sweet as birdsong’ (New York Times).

Tickets and showtimes available: here

You Need People Like Me
Dean Hendry (Comedy/Stand-up)
It’s just like the famous ‘bad guy’ scene in Scarface, when Tony Montana rants that iconic phrase, ‘You need people like me…’ to a crowded judgmental restaurant. Just add a Scottish accent, a large dollop of 36 years worth of shame, sprinkle generously with some vulnerability, add a pinch of gay, an epiphany and you have it. Bon appetit! The world is Dean Hendry’s crowded judgmental restaurant. He’s the misunderstood bad guy and he’s finally OK with it, because actually, you need people like him. Trust us.

Tickets and showtimes available: here

[SPN] August Coffee Afternoon
Wednesday 9th August – 1:00-3:00pm, Ground (Chrystal Macmillan Building)
Join us at our regular monthly coffee afternoon (in a slightly different venue this month due to the Festival).  Please drop in any time for a coffee and cake, catch up with your LGBT+ colleagues and meet some of our committee.  This month we will be joined by Professor Jane Norman, Vice-Principal for People and Culture.

Dive presents Homage
Saturday 26th August – 9pm-Late, Charlotte Square Spiegeltent
Promising to blow fresh glitter up the arse of any festival in their wake, Dive Queer Party are back with their sell out Fringe 2016 hit “Homage” with a special literary plot twist for Edinburgh International Book Festival. Chief weirdo Miss Annabel Sings is on a mission to the four corners of the rainbow, showcasing a smorgasbord of homegrown performance talent alongside a handpicked selection of international guest stars. Strap yourself in for a mind-blowing, fast-paced celebration of the heroes of queer culture from books, music, film and fashion from the past 70 years – in the year that also marks 50 years since the UK decriminalization of homosexuality. Follow this link for more info.

Dive presents The Last Night on Earth Cabaret Party
Monday 28th August – 7pm-Late, Charlotte Square Spiegeltent
Ladies, gentlemen and everything in between! Anarchic entertainers Dive Queer Party are conjuring the spirit of ’47 to stage a closing cabaret party of epic proportions. With fakery making the headlines and the rest of the world falling apart around our ears the glitter-spattered minds at Dive Towers have had time to reflect: what would we do on our last night on earth? Well this, obviously. Join Miss Annabel Sings, the Dive family and the queerest pick n mix of the Fringe as they conga their way into a brave new world – one where you can be whoever you want to be, however you want to be, whenever you want to be. It’s the closing night of the festival so party like it’s your last! Follow this link for more info.

[SPN] Monthly Social
Friday 1st September – 5:30pm, The Potting Shed
Continuing our monthly evening socials, join us after work to unwind and meet other network members. Conveniently held on the first Friday after payday.




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