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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.

Cast and Credits


Matthew McVarish Glen
Pierce Reid Lewis

Featuring the voice of Sigrid Neilsen


Writer James Ley
Director and Dramaturg Ros Philips
Dramaturg David Greig
Designer Mamoru Iriguchi
Sound Designer Kevin Murray
Lighting Designer Katharine Williams
Costume Designer Emily Kenyon-Roberts
Production Manager/ Stage Manager Bee George
Assistant Director (original production) Sarah Farrell
Producer Annabel Cooper


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

Running time: 1 hour 50 minutes, includes one 20 minute interval


Press Coverage

All reviews taken from the original run in The Lyceum Studio and Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2018

“Hilarious, heartful and provocative”
The Scotsman

"stunningly beautiful"
The Reviews Hub

"a truly wonderful and joyful production... unforgettable"

"an ode to the power of solidarity"
The List

"Humorous, poignant and excellently performed"
The Skinny

The Stage

"a great night out"
Just for Culture

"uplifting, funny, beautifully written and superbly acted"

"A celebration of LGBT words, history and community."
The Wee Review

"left me giddy and delighted"
Broadway Baby

"A delightful gem of a show"
Edinburgh 49