Burnt Lavender

Theatre (physical theatre, lgbtq+)

  • Greenside @ Infirmary Street - Forest Theatre
  • 17:20
  • Aug 19
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 16+ (Restriction)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Missing Link Theatre
  • Warnings and additional info: Audience participation, Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of a sexual nature and violence, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing
  • Accessibility:
    Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 2 years


Welcome to the Lavender Club, a clandestine cabaret pulsing with physical theatre, lip-synced routines and gut-wrenching confessions. Burnt Lavender is inspired by the clubs and bars of the Pride movement, from Berlin’s notorious Eldorado to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Dazzlingly dark and unapologetically rebellious, Burnt Lavender is a kaleidoscopic exploration of conversion therapy, love and power. Megaphones are ripped from the hands of authority to amplify LGBTQ+ history through laughter, tears, and a stage full of queers. The revolution starts here – and you’ve got a front-row seat. Presented by the University of Worcester’s Masters in Touring Theatre.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Please enter the building via the car park entrance where there is a ramp access.
  • Wheelchair access type: Permanent Ramp

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Jamie Nicholl 100 days ago

A bold, fearless portrayal of the damage that has been done to queer identity through the years. This shows greatest asset is the fact that it doesn’t shy away from the topics, it confronts them head on, and therefore allowing for the cohesive storytelling to shine in all its rainbow colours. For those who worry that the weight of a show like this might be too heavy to carry for 50 minutes - do not worry, perfectly timed musical parodies and lip syncs elevate some of that weight.

Although the ensemble at times seems a little too tightly fitting - this show is a feast for eyes the ears, and the queers!

Chris 101 days ago

A great show. One performance left and you need to make sure you catch it.
I’ve seen a wide variety of shows this Edinburgh, you wouldn’t know these are the students. A full show with good energy from starts to finish with not a moment wasted to both entertain and give a deep, honest, thought provoking message.
Well done all involved, this needs to be seen again, not limited to lucky Edinburgh.

Callum Thompson 102 days ago

A captivating show, with a menacing tone reminiscent of the musical Cabaret. Very creative use of a set of doors used in a multitude of ways, including as projection surface, onstage lighting, and as choreographic tools. Was surprised and impressed when the cast burst into unaccompanied vocal harmonies several times, which was beautiful and deeply evocative. An engaging and well-polished piece of theatre — highly recommend!

Nell Lang 102 days ago

This show is stunning. Delving into queer and hidden history, it is an unafraid, unflinching, emotive look at the way queerness has challenged (and continues to challenge) oppressive systems and institutions. While much of the show tells stories of past and current struggles and suffering of the LGBTQ+ community, there is also much hope, joy, love and freedom. I cried,I laughed, and then I cried again. The set is simplistic (but genius) and used very creatively, the choreography is beautiful, the lighting and sound thoughtfully designed, and the performances powerful. If you're able to catch this show before its run ends- do it!

Simon Bouvier 102 days ago

An absolute must see - visually stunning, funny and powerful. This cabaret style high energy performance will have you on the floor laughing one second and sobbing the next. Its dark themes are expertly highlighted with spoken word, projection footage, flashing lights and haunting chorus that will leave you with a bittersweet taste in your mouth at the end. A really impressive piece from a talented group of young people. Do not miss out

Rose Wilson 103 days ago

It is INSANE how good this show is. The aesthetic, the performances, the music, the words, the movement, the costumes, the scenography!!! I was blown away!!!
Every single performer was mesmerising and a joy to watch!

Sarah Hirsch 104 days ago

A beautiful, fun and touching performance. They made me laugh and they made me cry and everything in between!
Such a talented bunch of artists and Immensely powerful piece. A must- see show for sure!

Colin George 104 days ago


If you like your theatre with high energy, humour and a conscience then it is worth moving slightly away from the main venues and seeing this wonderful piece of performance at Greenside@Infirmary Street.

The show looks primarily (but not exclusively) at the persecution of the LGBT+ community in recent history. An excellent young cast produces a performance with strong visual references back to Cabaret. This is high energy physical theatre with some very fine individual and ensemble performances, some laugh out loud moments, some excellent choreography and an apparently simple set which is used to great effect with some very good lighting and projections. Loved the re-working of Madonna's 'Like A Prayer!'. A complete package and one I suspect many more established companies would love to emulate - the standing ovation at the end says much about the quality and content of this show.

It's on a very short run, so worth making the effort to go and see it.

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