Queer Diary: LGBTQIA+ adults read from their REAL Teenage Diaries, plus Poetry, Fanfic, and more...
After gaining a cult-following in London & online, Queer Diary is touring the UK, including a limited number of pop-up shows at Edinburgh Fringe!
Hosted by Beth Watson since 2020, a different line-up at every event keeps queer crowds coming back for more!
Expect: angsty teenage diary entries, long-lost love letters, fabulous fan-fiction, terrible Tumblr posts, and possibly the odd bit of cringey poetry 👀
“It’s like that ‘Mortified’ podcast - but all QUEER!”
“A joy to be part of”
“I’ve been 3 times! It’s always so affirming”
"I haven't laughed this much in a long time!"
We have a different line-up of Queer performers at EVERY show!
Can't get enough of hearing your fave LGBTQIA+ performers share their teenage diaries?
Wanna spend an hour immersed in queer memories?
Totally addicted to cringe?
Come see us whenever you need a dose of nostalgia, solidarity & joy 🌈📖
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The creative producer is Josephine Shipp.
Interested in sharing something from your youth?
Limited spots may be available at Edinburgh shows - fill out our Edinburgh Fringe form to express interest!
Please use this form if you'd like to share something another time, outside of EdFringe.
Want us to bring Queer Diary to your area?
Contact Josie & Beth via firstname.lastname@example.org - we're looking for more places to pop-up in future, so if you know a (queer, accessible) space that might suit Queer Diary, we'd love to hear from you!
For every Queer Diary show, we make a donation to a charity or organisation supporting
LGBTQIA+ youth, education, or community.
Buying your ticket helps us do our bit to support young queer people having a better time growing up than we did!
For UK summer 2023 dates, we'll be donating to Just Like Us.
Please let us know if you want to come to Queer Diary but cannot afford it
Level Access to Pleasance Beside is via gentle ramp in backstage area, this area is non-public so please speak to venue staff or Info Shed for access.
All guest diary-readers are asked to Audio Describe their own physical appearance and anything they're wearing/holding when they arrive on stage.
Relaxed Show policies:
Audience are welcome to move around and make noise
Re-entry is welcome at any time.
There are no bright/flashing lights or full black-outs, and no sudden noises, special effects, or haze.
Stage lights will be on the performers, with the audience dimly lit (not in complete darkness).
The audience as a whole is directly addressed, in a stand-up/storytelling style.
This includes being invited to take part in light interactions.
Everyone's encouraged to cheer loudly to welcome performers stage, and react vocally to their material.
The audience may be offered a moment to talk to each other, or invited to voluntarily answer open questions from a performer.
All forms of interaction are gently offered, entirely optional, and participation is not required to enjoy the show fully.
No one will be "picked on"!
For full information, including transport and seating options, please see The Pleasance's Venue Access Guide