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Love Song to Lavender Menace

By James Ley
Directed by Ros Philips

"You want books, I'll give you books!"

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.

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 closure, sales assistants Lewis and Glen take a look back at its 80s origins ... 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. After a sell-out success in The Lyceum’s Rehearsal Studio and a critically-acclaimed run at the Fringe and in New York, Love Song
to Lavender Menace
returns to The Lyceum main stage.

“Hilarious, heartful and provocative”
The Scotsman


Love Song to Lavender Menace is a co-production between the Royal Lyceum Theatre Edinburgh and James Ley.


Love Song to Lavender Menace

Writer James Ley and Director Ros Philips tell us all about the show and what to expect from this life affirming comedy.

Dates, Times & Prices

9 - 12 October 2019

£10 PREVIEW, 7.30pm
Wednesday 9 October
Preview tickets on sale from 9 September

EVENINGS, 7.30pm
Thursday - Saturday
£17 - £20

Saturday 12 October
£17 - £20


Press Coverage

“Hilarious, heartful and provocative”
The Scotsman

"A Stunningly beautiful play"
The Reviews Hub

"Celebratory... a thoroughly entertaining and important piece of LGBT social history."
The Stage

"One of the most entertaining plays we’ve seen in some time... a great night out"
Just for Culture

"uplifting, funny, beautifully written and superbly acted"

"A delightful gem of a show"
Edinburgh 49