We don’t just slay in Jock Tamson’s Bairns. To us, slaying is all about being your best self, looking out for those around you and fighting fiercely for equality. That’s something we’re passionate about on and off stage.

That’s why we march proudly and loudly at Edinburgh Pride, and it’s why we (Civil Disobedience) have partnered with the Edinburgh Festival Fringe Society to deliver our Pick up a Brick series – three public debates and an LGBTQ+ mixer marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising – as part of their Fringe Central programme this August.


In the early hours of 28 June 1969, in response to a police raid, a violent riot erupted at New York queer bar The Stonewall Inn, kick-starting the modern LGBT Pride and civil rights movement.

Our Pick up a Brick events at Fringe Central aim to celebrate the brave generations of LGBTQ+ pioneers who paved the way for us, as well as looking at where we are now and what happens next. The events are designed for Fringe participants but are open to the public. So do feel free to join us!

LGBT inclusive education: public debate
9th August, 16:30 (90 minutes), Fringe Central

At this event we look to the future; we’ll chat with educators and queer artists about the rollout of the LGBT inclusive curriculum in Scottish schools this September, exploring effective ways for queer creatives to tell their stories to young people.

FREE, but ticketed: Book your ticket now.

Persistent & Nasty: public debate
15th August, 15:30 (120 minutes), Fringe Central

Following on from the success of last year’s Persistent & Nasty series and our Fringe debate with a provocation delivered by Orla O’Loughlin, this discussion on the female-identified voice on stage and screen is back! Persistent & Nasty takes on gender parity in a non-binary world; expect lively debate and a ban on toilet chat.

FREE, but ticketed: Book your tickets now.

Pick up a Brick: public debate
16th August, 16:30 (90 minutes), Fringe Central

This event, which gave name to our 2019 debate series, ties together the general themes of the other two events as well as the Bottoms Up mixer, looking at art as a means to push social boundaries and facilitate progress. Specifically, it celebrates the role of queer artists in generating social and political change. Come along and help us explore how artists have amplified the voices of their communities with a panel of brilliant queer creatives and activists talking queer erasure, creative protest and progress.

FREE, but ticketed: Book your tickets now.

Bottoms Up: LGBTQ+ & allies drinks mixer
16th August, 18:00 (60 minutes), Fringe Central

Immediately after the Pick up a Brick debate, we’re hosting Bottoms Up, a cheeky social for LGBTQ+ participants and their allies/friends, where we plan to raise a glass to the forbears of the modern queer civil rights movement, Marsha P Johnson, Stormé DeLarverie and Sylvia Rivera – as well as that infamous moment at Stonewall 50 years ago.

Come along to our queer celebration for drinks, mingling, laughs and (hopefully) the biggest group toast of the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe!

FREE, no tickets required.

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