WHAT’S ON: Must be This Gay to Ride at The Old Gym Theatre

Award-winning playwright and comedian Kate Hammer debuts her new one-woman comedy play Must Be This Gay To Ride at the Old Gym Theatre in Glasgow.

Must Be This Gay To Ride is a one-woman comedy play centring around queerness, relationships, and choosing how we define ourselves. Danny, a pansexual woman, grapples with the feeling of belonging to a community that might not want to accept her. This play explores the complexities of queerness: pansexual erasure, the stigma of having relationships with men, and the unspoken hierarchy of queerness. Danny dives into the proverbial can of worms that comes with an accidental pregnancy and an abortion as a queer woman.

This play highlights the importance of female queer stories and asks why we have not seen them on stage more. It opens a conversation about the freedoms and restrictions brought on by labels. Most importantly, it asks the audience to question their own labels: are we enough? It does so with comedy: not preaching to the audiences but inviting them to join in the confusion and joy in a complex and vibrant world.

Kate Hammer is a playwright, performer, and stand-up comedian. In 2019, she was the recipient of the McGill Drama Award for Playwriting and was commissioned for Centaur Theatre’s Queer Reading Series. She has worked extensively with Playwrights’ Workshop Montreal and was selected for Short Circuit’s Convergence 2022, Grey Moth’s Witty Women Fund, and GMAC Little Pictures 2023. She is most passionate about working in theatre and putting on stories that haven’t been heard and need to be experienced.