A Generous Lover

Dates and Times

Thu 19 - Sat 21 Sep 2019 at 9pm

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£12/£10 (concession)

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Presented by La JohnJoseph

This is the true, and very queer tale, of one soul’s journey through the wasteland of mental illness, to deliver their lost love.

Roundly applauded by critics and audiences alike for its unflinching honesty and its deft storytelling, the show was an unqualified highlight of the Edinburgh Fringe 2018.

Brimming with psychedelic proletarian prose, and trenchant wit, it recounts the pandemonium of navigating mental health services on behalf of a loved one, whilst being gender queer, and occasionally being mistaken for a patient.

Drawing on epic poetry, classical mythology, and queer modernist literature, A Generous Lover fuses psychology, euphonic prose, and song, to create an intimate and beguiling world. Somewhere between a séance and a recital, it delves into psychosis with compassion, hoping to find catharsis.

Age rating: 16+.

This production contains shocking and sensitive mental health content.


“Both campy and moving, this story of love and insanity mixes humour with pathos” – New York Times

Horrifying and funny and defiantly beautiful” – Olivia Laing, Frieze 

★★★★★ “”From Dionne Warwick to Dante, the allusions and illusions of this show will have you mesmerised. Heart-breaking and hilarious in equal measure. Don’t miss it.” – Queer Guru

★★★★ “Elegant, incisive and intoxicating” – The Scotsman

★★★★ “Extremely absorbing and impressive” – ScotsGay

Winner of The Scotsman’s Best of the Fest 2018

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About the company

La JohnJoseph is a British-born, American-educated artist who with live performance, text and film investigates the convergence of social class, gender identity, and religious faith in the matrices of social power.  They have been called “an icon in the making” by Time Out and “a literary rebel you need to know” by Dazed.

La JJ has presented performances at the Royal Opera House, Deutsche Oper, Bristol Old Vic, Barbican, Schaubühne (Berlin), Art Basel Hong Kong, MoMA (SF), Dixon Place (NY), Martin-Gropius Bau (Berlin), Fancy Him (Tokyo), La Java (Paris) & MAC (Rio). They have also joined such luminaries such as Justin Vivian Bond, Taylor Mac, Arcade Fire and Paloma Faith onstage.

La JJ is the author of five plays, including “Boy in a Dress” (2012) and “A Generous Lover” (2018) which will be published in a joint volume by Oberon in Sept 2019. La JJ’s book, “Everything Must Go” was shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize and a Lambda Literary Award. They are currently writing the follow-up. 

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