Out in the City
6th July 2011
Reviewed by: Graham Niven
I sat in the auditorium awaiting the performance of “Out in the City”, wondering whether the preamble to this event, which predicted an “amusing, poignant and affirmative” performance, would prove prophetic. I wasn’t disappointed. A mixture of music, oratory and photography proved to be a wonderful way of spending an evening.
The performance started with a short musical introduction with harp and bassoon. This short, but thoughtful piece set up the ensuing performance beautifully.
The main performance itself was both thoughtful and thought provoking. It contained the words, musings and reminiscences of twelve, mature LGBT performers. For over forty –five minutes, they recounted their tales of the issues that faced them as they grew up and discovering they were “different”.
Each of the performers played their part and although everyone who spoke was a star in their own right, two performers stood out. Andrew McMillan, young and exuberant, performed his own very original poetry with confidence and verve. But the outstanding star was Ivan Tomkinson. This mature raconteur recounted his many tales which were amusing (I laughed), poignant (I was moved) and affirmative (I felt positive about myself and what I could do).
And finally, as a backdrop to the performance, Anna White displayed a series of stunning photographs of the performers, some of them related to their earlier days and others in more contemporary surroundings.
This was a joyous and inspiring evening