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Sequins, sporrans, lechery and lap-dancing: why The Lady Boys of Bangkok rule the fringe

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Sequins, sporrans, lechery and lap-dancing: why The Lady Boys of Bangkok rule the fringe

 

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‘They take femininity to a different level’ … The Lady Boys of Bangkok. Photograph: Andrew Payne

 

Shunned by hipsters, adored by local Scots, they’re the fringe’s biggest show. How did this retro cocktail of cheesy euphoria become such a phenomenon?

 

Friday night in Edinburgh and a troupe of transgender Thai showgirls and their kilted male friends – plus Jamie John, a self-described gay dwarf – are onstage in highland regalia swaying to The Bonnie Banks o’ Loch Lomond, the words of which are being enthusiastically bellowed by the audience.

 

Part wedding reception, part concert, part cabaret, but with a potent flavour all of its own, this Saltire-flying extravaganza is the climax of the latest show by The Lady Boys of Bangkok, who made their debut in Edinburgh 21 years ago, and have been coming back every year since.

 

While critics and much of the media have more or less ignored the Lady Boys, they’re the biggest show on the fringe, drawing in a cross-section of local Scots. 

 

Full Story: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/2019/aug/13/why-the-lady-boys-of-bangkok-rule-the-fringe

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Fringe festival events are sometimes as good as the main attractions for the festival

Good luck to the management, who I hope are paying the performers a good income.

Never understand the Lip syncing as a talent, as so many transgender performers actually have good voices.

 

 

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Not my cup of scotch, thank you. Most in the picture look like they just stepped down from the mma ring.

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2 minutes ago, sammieuk1 said:

Sounds more like a minge less festival 🤔

Beyond The Minge.

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make sure your wallet and phone is secure. 

 

 

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1 hour ago, oldrunner said:

Not my cup of scotch, thank you. Most in the picture look like they just stepped down from the mma ring.

Not surprising the Scots lap them up.

 

In Edinburgh and other Scottish towns and cities, you can see lots of braw local laddies sashaying around in multi-coloured pleated skirts called kilts.

 

Tradition dictates these should be worn minus any underwear.

 

Best not tell the ladyboys!

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