Theatre (drag, comedy)

  • Assembly George Square Studios - Underground
  • 18:00
  • Aug 28
  • 1 hour
  • Suitability: 14+ (Guideline)
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Joe Leather
  • Warnings and additional info: Contains distressing or potentially triggering themes, Scenes of violence, Strong language/swearing, More information
  • 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 18 months


A bin man swaps steel-toed boots for stilettos to chase his dream of becoming a drag queen. This raucous one-person comedy play combines monologue, song and (of course) drag in a love letter to hard-working Northerners and gender euphoria, based on writer Joe Leather's real-life experiences working as a Refuse Loader through lockdown. 'An irresistible, uplifting, Northern drag odyssey' ***** (ToDoList.org.uk). 'A show that you cannot help but fall in love with' **** (BroadwayWorld.com). OffFest Finalist 2023.

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General venue access

  • Wheelchair Accessible Toilets
  • Accessible entry: Lift access through the glass box into the main studio area. If not taking the lift there are 12 steps down into the performance space. There is level access via Windmill Lane off of Buccleuch Place.
  • Wheelchair access type: Building Lift

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

Each venue can contain several space with different accessibly information. Visit the venue page for full venue accessibility info

Captioned performances

  • Dates: 10 August, 18 August
  • Type: Closed (Own Device)
  • Booking options: You can book independently online, or contact our access team to book your tickets and request any specific seating locations or if booking a unit is required.

How and when to make an access booking

Our access tickets service is available to anyone who:

  • Would like to book specific accessibility services, e.g. a hearing loop, audio description headsets, captioning units, seating in relation to the location of the BSL interpreter
  • Requires extra assistance when at a venue
  • Has specific seating requirements
  • Is a wheelchair user
  • Requires a complimentary personal assistant ticket to attend a performance

Alan Calderwood 33 days ago

We both loved it. Funny, sad, thought-provoking, ultimately life-affirming, with a great solo performance.

Mandy T 34 days ago

Took my 2 daughters on a whim. Was not what we expected. Was so much more. Loved it. Laughed and actually cried. Go and see it!

Declan 'TéléDex-BaBrBo' Bracewell 36 days ago

Something tells me I should have queued earlier and get a better seat for this particular show, so the closer you are, the better. It was a good show though. Full of amusing quips and a little drama involving insecurities surrounding Joe. I'm not sure I loved the song like others have, but it was good overall.

Amy Anne 36 days ago

Highly recommend seeing WASTEMAN if you can- funny, moving, silly and superb!

Áindréas Fallon Verbruggen 37 days ago

Incredible performance and a captivating story. I've been wanting to see this show since the start of the Fringe and it lived up to the hype.

Highly Recommend.

Sammy James Dodds 37 days ago

We really enjoyed this piece, very funny and sweet. It reminded me of A Beautiful Thing, and the original Queer As Folk and builds up a story through disjointed snippets of the characters experiences.

Thanks X

Barbara Treen 38 days ago

Such a good show. Moving and funny.

Delia Lee 42 days ago

Saw the show this evening and loved it. An absorbing story, really well written and delivered with wit and sincerity. Joe is a great performer who told his story beautifully in a well paced, well crafted show. Congratulations on a great performance.

Lucy Rossen 43 days ago

What beautifully performed theatre! Joe has a fantastic stage presence and ooft what a STUNNING voice! Such a touching story, absolutely loved it!

Nancy Crookes 43 days ago

I really enjoyed Wasteman and loved Joe Leather's story , acting and the song and script. He is an amazing drag actor and his show is really well done . His story is definitely one to be heard and I would honestly recommend this show whole heartedly.
Thank you for Ans amazing performance on Tuesday 8th xx

Matthew Poe 45 days ago

Loved this show, Joe has such a fun, life-affirming story and it was so enjoyable to see his journey coming into his own as a drag performer.

Esme Thornhill-Davis 45 days ago

Wasteman is gorgeous, brilliant, funny, gorgeous and also brilliant. By far one of the best drag performances I have ever seen. Highly highly recommend!

Isabella Moriarty 46 days ago

O.M.G. not for me 25 mins was enough l had to leave the only plus was l got 2 for 1 have been to a few drag act shows but nothing like this

Alan Dickson 46 days ago

Not for me walked out after 25 minutes my brain was hurting trying to find something funny don't like giving bad reviews but he ho I never paid for the tickets my other half did if this is new comedy not for me might be I'm getting old

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UK Theatre Web (4/5 stars) 28 days ago

Really good songs and a genuinely engaging personality.

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Theatre and Art Reviews (4/5 stars) 31 days ago

the performance is superb with gorgeous outfits and wigs

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British Theatre (4/5 stars) 35 days ago

Ultimately, it’s a celebration of identity and queerness and highly recommended! An original drag coming-of-age story.

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Musical Theatre Review (4/5 stars) 37 days ago


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Kat Masterson Blog (3.5/5 stars) 38 days ago

It’s a brilliant example of a Fringe variety show, filled with plenty of humour, glitter and emotion.

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The Stage (4/5 stars) 42 days ago

Frequently funny

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Longstaff Reviews (4/5 stars) 45 days ago

This is a beautiful story that brims with joy, overflowing with moments that can cause tears and laughter simultaneously. This is what the fringe is all about.

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