This new play explores young trans man’s journey from Egypt to Scotland

Adam is the remarkable, true story of a young trans man and his journey to reconciliation – with himself, those closest to him, and the world as he knows it. From Egypt to Scotland, it charts Adam’s fight across borders and genders to find a place to call home.

A powerful two hander, featuring an acclaimed performance from Adam Kashmiry, the real person on whom the drama is based, who made a notable professional stage debut in the production last year. He is joined on stage by Rehanna MacDonald.

Adam was born in a girl’s body in Egypt, but always knew that he was really a boy. Trapped with no way to describe this feeling, in a deeply conservative society where falling in love with the wrong person can get you killed, he knew that he had to escape. With a borrowed laptop he types in a question: ‘Can the soul of a man be trapped in the body of a woman?’ What followed was beyond Adam’s wildest dreams. A catalyst to begin the epic journey for the right to change his body, to the boy he knows himself to be.

The play features a score sung by a virtual choir of trans and non-binary individuals from across the world who are projected onto the stage, Adam is both a bold exploration of the experience of a young transgender person and an ambitious experiment with theatrical form, blending storytelling, classical composition and mass digital elements from participants from around the globe.

The play received fantastic reviews when it premiered in Edinburgh and even inspired a new award for theatre productions that achieve social impact – it comes to Battersea Arts Centre in London from 18 until 29 September.

Directed by Olivier Award-winning theatre director Cora Bissett (co-creator of Glasgow Girls, Rites and Roadkill and director of Room) with music composed by Jocelyn Pook (Stage Works British Composer Award winner in 2012 for her soundtrack to DESH), Adam is written by playwright and dramaturge Frances Poet.

In 2015 Battersea Arts Centre’s Grand Hall burnt down. Adam forms part of the re-opening Phoenix Season which will officially re-open with Gecko’s Missing on Thursday 6 September.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4: Who could be in the running?

Are you ready heeeeeeeenny? 

It’s only been four months since Trixie Mattel snatched the crown on All Stars 3, yet Mama Ru is bringing back some more fan-favourites to showcase their charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.

We’ve scoured the internet for every possible queen on the fourth highly-anticipated series, and we think we’ve sussed out the official cast. It’s completely speculative, and is based off social media activity, cancelled gigs etc.

Reddit also seems to have come to the same conclusion, and they’re all drag detectives, so, we believe it.

Manila Luzon (Season 3 and All Stars 1)

Original placement: Runner-up (Season 3), 7th/8th (All Stars 1)

Manila Luzon ranked second on the show’s third season, behind drag veteran and runway slayer Raja. Fun fact: Manila and Raja are the only top two in the whole series to have the same statistics. Three wins, one bottom two placement and one low placement, so it really could’ve gone either way. Yes, Manila competed on All Stars 1, but was completely fucked by the ridiculous teams twist. If she acted alone, she probably could’ve snatched the crown.

Evidence: No upcoming gigs and she cancelled a show. Active on social media but it’s presumed her husband has taken over. Phi Phi O’Hara also confirmed that previous All Stars contestants have been brought back.

Latrice Royale (Season 4 and All Stars 1)

Original placement: 4th (Season 4), 7th/8th (All Stars 1)

Latrice Royale is one of the most beloved queens in Drag Race HERstory. During season four, she proved to be one of the funniest contestants, and tightest lip-syncers, boasting several iconic showdowns with queens such as Dida Ritz and Kenya Michaels. Like Manila, she appeared on All Stars 1, but was shafted by the format. Ever since, fans have been championing for a third appearance from the large, in-charge, chunky and funky performer.

Evidence: Latrice has no upcoming gigs and has been absent from social media. And again: Phi Phi O’Hara confirmed that previous All Stars contestants have been brought back.

Gia Gunn (Season 6)

Original placement: 10th

Despite only coming in tenth place, Gia Gunn became one of the most quotable contestants ever. Her back-and-forths with the other contestants, such as Joslyn Fox, Laganja Estranja and Bianca Del Rio were hilare, and her entrance into the werk room was truly iconic. Since her season six stint, Gia bravely came out as transgender.

Evidence: No upcoming shows, no social media activity. A designer from Drag Race’s ninth and tenth season also confirmed that All Stars 4 features a trans contestant. However, Gia j

Jasmine Masters (Season 7)

Original placement: 12th

Jasmine Masters wasn’t well-received during her season seven stint, but has become legendary amongst Drag Race fans for her hilarious videos and Instagram lives. Will we see her emerge from a cocoon once more?

Evidence: Jasmine cancelled all her gigs in Australia, has none upcoming and is completely silent on social media.

Naomi Smalls (Season 8)

Original placement: Runner-up

Naomi Smalls didn’t make much of an impression on season eight until she showcased her sewing abilities for the Wizard of Oz challenge. Afterwards, she made her mark on the show and emerged as one of the most sicken’ing runway kweenz. She eventually placed as joint runner-up with Kim Chi behind Bob the Drag Queen, who neither of them had any chance against.

Evidence: Cancelled a gig, has none upcoming and hasn’t been active on social media.

Farrah Moan (Season 9)

Original placement: 8th

Farrah Moan sulked 783 times on the show’s ninth season, and became a meme queen because of it. We’ve all used that gif of her crying after Eureka’s disqualification haven’t we? Even though she didn’t win any challenges, Farrah has become one of the most followed stars on Instagram, with nearly 800,000 followers. The fishy queen also made a comeback for the season 10 premiere as a judge, because she’s that beloved! Look at our picture of her, doesn’t she look fieeeeeerce?

Evidence: Cancelled a gig, with none upcoming. She also hasn’t posted on Instagram since 5 July. Not like Farrah.

Valentina (Season 9)

Original placement: 7th

Miss Congeniality. Fan-favourite. Yup, it’s Valentina! This controversial queen was killing the competition until her lip-sync in the ninth episode against Nina Bonina Brown, when she defied Mama Ru and refused to take her mask off. She was then the main focus in the season nine reunion, when nearly every single queen came for her “fake” personality. Valentina could’ve reached top three – had she learned her mother-tucking words – so we can see her as a front-runner for the crown.

Evidence: No upcoming gigs, no social media activity.

Trinity Taylor (Season 9)

Original placement: 3rd/4th

Trinity could’ve taken the crown. She really could’ve. The Alabama queen showcased an equal amount of glamour and comedy, and managed to land three challenge wins, more than season nine winner Sasha Velour. In the finale, she ranked 3rd/4th after losing a killer lip-sync to Peppermint, who came prepared with several iconic reveals. This time, you know she’ll come prepared…

Evidence: No upcoming gigs, no social media activity.

Monique Heart (Season 10)

Original placement: 8th

Like Valentina, Monique Heart could’ve gone much further on her season had she learned the words. However, she completely embodied charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent, and was a stronger performer than most on her season. If she does appear, we expect her to know her Carly Rae Jepsen, and to step it up in the lewks department, because henny didn’t come prepared the first time…

Evidence: She cancelled her UK gigs, with none on the horizon. She’s also been absent on social media.

Monét X Change (Season 10)

Original placement: 6th

Monét X Change was the lip-sync assassin of season 10. Kameron may have defeated her and won more lip-syncs, but Monét embodied every single song and served some of the most iconic performances ever. That fake jump split in Pound the Alarm? Ooh honey! Like Monique, she embodies C.U.N.T, and if she wants to win, all she needs to do is tone down the pussycat wigs.

Evidence: Monét didn’t show up for any of her scheduled gigs, and cancelled all her UK shows. And again, she hasn’t been active on social media.

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We ranked every song from Troye Sivan’s new album Bloom

Troye Sivan is back with another sensational pop record. 

The Australian singer-songwriter has garnered widespread acclaim with his defiantly and unapologetically queer sophomore studio album, Bloom, the follow-up to his debut record, Blue Neighbourhood.

The album blends uptempo synthpop jams (Plum, Lucky Strike, Bloom) and melancholic ballads (What a Heavenly Way to Die, The Good Side) which ultimately show that Troye is – without a doubt – one of pop’s most compelling and perceptive young gay voices.

While everyone has their own opinions (and we’re certainly not suggesting ours is definitive), we’ve ranked every song on the album following many, many listens since its release… this morning.

10. What a Heavenly Way to Die

The title of Bloom’s eighth track borrows its title from The Smiths’ iconic 1992 single, There Is a Light That Never Goes Out. It’s an ode to his boyfriend – and former Gay Times cover star – Jacob Bixenman. It’s cute! But, it’s our least favourite (so far).

9. Postcard (feat. Gordi)

Troye recruits the talents of Australian folktronica singer-songwriter Gordi on Postcard, a ballad in which he vocalises his annoyance towards his boyfriend for not picking up a postcard he sent from Japan. We’ve all been there.

8. Seventeen

Bloom’s opening track Seventeen explores Troye’s relationship with an older man, who he met on a dating app (Grindr?). “Boy becomes a man now, can’t tell a man to slow down,” he sings matter-of-factly. “He’ll just do whatever, do whatever he wants.” Again, we’ve all been there.

7. The Good Side

Second single The Good Side marked a departure from the euphoric, danceable sound of My My My! as Troye sings of a failed relationship in which he got ‘the good side’ of the breakup – namely, travelling the world and living out his dream.

6. Animal

Animal is a brooding, slow-burning love song that Troye wrote to show how ‘whipped’ he is over Jacob. It wouldn’t sound out of place on the soundtrack of an epic romance film, and is probably his most ambitious ballad to date.

5. Dance to This (feat. Ariana Grande)

Troye collaborated with American pop kween – and BFF – Ariana on the 80-inspired electropop jam, Dance To This. It’s one of the most subtle, low-key numbers on the album, but their voices together = pure euphoria.

4. Plum

“Maybe our time has come, maybe we’re overgrown,” Troye sings on the album’s seventh track, an upbeat break-up anthem on which he compares a relationship to a plum that’s been sat in the fruit bowl for too long. This needs a video.

3. My My My!

My My My! is a perfect slice of euphoric synthpop. It’s the singer-songwriter’s most energetic, vibrant track to date and the video introduced us to Troye Sivan: the unapologetic queer icon. It should’ve been a worldwide number one.

2. Lucky Strike

The best album track by a long mile, Lucky Strike is a love-bop on which Troye tells a boy – presumably Jacob: “‘Tell me all the ways to love you / ‘Cause you taste like Lucky Strikes / You drag, I light, boy.” Who knew cigarettes could be this romantic? Next single please.

1. Bloom

Bloom isn’t just the best track on the record, it’s possibly Troye’s best track ever. The dance-pop banger about queer desire is the ultimate bottoming anthem with lyrics such as: “Take a trip into my garden / I’ve got so much to show ya / It’s true / Baby I’ve been saving this for you.” It’s the gay Teenage Dream, basically.

Troye Sivan’s new album Bloom is now available on iTunes and streaming services. 

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