Ode to Joy (How Gordon got to go to the nasty pig party)

Theatre (lgbt, new writing)

  • Summerhall - Demonstration Room
  • 18:20
  • Aug 18-21, 23-28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 18+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - Scotland
  • Group: Stories Untold Productions. Written by James Ley.
  • Warnings and additional info: Scenes of a sexual nature, Strobe lighting, Strong language/swearing, contains depictions of drug use.
  • Accessibility:
    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


Gordon is homonormative and fears he might be pathologically boring until he meets Cumpig and Manpussy at a sex party in Leith. When they tell him about Europe's biggest gay sex party in Berlin, Gordon obviously wants to go, but can he really transform into a sex pig? A new LGBTQ play about love, friendship and Schokoladenkuchen written and directed by playwright James Ley (Wilf, Love Song to Lavender Menace), featuring a techno soundscape from DJ Simonotron (Hot Mess). Part of the Made in Scotland Showcase. MadeInScotlandShowcase.com

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General venue access

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  • Accessible entry: Once in the courtyard, go behind the Royal Dick Pub, past Barney's Beer and Pickering's Gin; in the back courtyard on your right hand side is the Demonstration Room.
  • Wheelchair access type: Level Access

  • Stairs: Information not supplied

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Captioned performances

  • Dates: 20 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
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Sharon Alexander 31 days ago

I was very interested in the thematic material of this show, which would have been educational for me, but I could have appreciated and gladly paid for a script. Between the loud pulsing music, the yelling of the actors, and the horrible acoustics of this unusual venue, I missed about half of the dialogue. Too bad because, although it was entertaining and I got the gist, I think I could have gotten much more from this show.

Sean Davis 37 days ago

This raucous comedy has a straight laced fellow delving into the gay world in an effort to find himself. The big, both in personality and size, narrator keeps things moving along from one funny scenario to another. Because of its reverberations, the Demonstration Room is a horrible venue, but despite missing many words, I found their antics great fun.

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James Robertson 42 days ago

Wonderfully funny and well acted show. My only slight issue is if you’re over 6 foot the seats are not the most comfortable. But it’s the fringe, so that’s kind of inevitable. In any case, this is a strong recommend from me. Excellent show.

Resolve Productions 43 days ago

High energy, absurd, and hilarious! From start to finish, Ode to Joy was a fun ride with many twists and turns, plus a sound design straight out of a nightclub in Berlin. The narrative moves quickly, keeping you on your toes wondering what wild thing is going to happen next. Ultimately, this is a story about acceptance and community. Definitely worth seeing!

Emma Harley 49 days ago

It is what it says - a really joyful piece of theatre that celebrates the multitude of things a person can be. Really fantastic production in all aspects that had me hooked from beginning to end. This could so easily have turned into another cautionary sad tale of what happens when queer liberation "goes too far" but it quite literally said "f**k that" and left everyone grinning.

Robin Bold 53 days ago

Oh Dear...Please preserve me from stereotypical stories of this type. The entire world has moved on. Talk about something new, please! No one is interested in this hogwash of gay disco bunnies, or elephants tramping about and getting all the STD's in warehouse parties in Berlin. However Gordon's outfit was worth looking at!

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BritishTheatre.com (4/5 stars) 37 days ago

I love Ley’s sex positivity in his work, his characters may enjoy hard, rough gay sex, but they all have heart and sympathy, and he is a damn fine comedic writer.

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Voice Magazine (4/5 stars) 44 days ago

Ode to Joy, once you cut through the camp outfits, seedy venue, and so much gay terminology that they gave out glossaries in the queue, is nothing but a gorgeous display of being true to yourself. Be it whether you're more of a Gordon, a Cumpig or a giant Manpussy, this show is the ultimate celebration of queer joy!

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The Quinntessential Review (5/5 stars) 45 days ago

…tonnes of heart, and underlying it all, a masterful grasp of the playwright’s arts.

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FringeReview 46 days ago

A very welcome, hugely entertaining, quality drama for the British theatre - Highly Recommended Show

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The Scotsman (4/5 stars) 49 days ago

Brian Evans turns in a beautifully funny and engaging performance as Gordon, alongside a riotous Marc McKinnon and Sean Connor as his chums Tom and Marcus

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Everything Theatre (4/5 stars) 49 days ago

Gordon’s journey of personal discovery might not be for the faint-hearted but is very relatable and manages to brim with tenderness. Regardless of whether one may be offended by the uncensored nature of this play, writer and director James Ley crafts a credible cross section of real-life experience and his honesty should be appreciated.

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 49 days ago

It’s very funny with a serious voice underneath.

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