All the Queen's Men
Images by Tiu Makonnen.

Coming Back Out, Scotland

Glasgow & Inverness (Scotland)

The first time this radical community focused project has been created and shared outside of Australia.


The Coming Back Out Ball is designed to be a gift – one that acknowledges the resilience of this community, a gift of visibility to LGBTI+ elders who have lived through it all, and a safe space for those elders just discovering themselves.

Join us on what promises to be a night of real cultural significance, to be socially connected in celebration alongside LGBTI+ elders to dance, reminisce and dream together into the future.

Your hosts for this digital event will be Karen Dunbar and Jamie Rea. The Ball will feature performances from Scottish icon and long-time project supporter Horse, the sensational performance poet Dean Atta, a contribution from Maggie Kinloch and the legendary Jo Clifford will perform a new piece inspired by the project. Look forward to music, dancing and the chance to chat with fellow Ball attendees via your zoom table.

Everyone who attends will get a very special delivery, a beautifully crafted and bespoke designed – ‘A Ball in a Box’ in advance of the event, so you really feel that the party is coming to you live in your living room!

“Being part of the social dance club really has been my greatest joy during lockdown.”
Social Dance Club participant

Creative Team

All The Queens Men: Bec Reid and Tristan Meecham

National Theatre of Scotland: Lewis Hetherington

CBOB Practitioners: Lou Brodie, Fraser MacLeod, Emma Jayne Park, Amy Watt, Chris Stuart Wilson

Designer: CJ Mahony

Video Designer and Animator: Jamie Wardrop 

Lighting Design: Karen Bryce 

Film Makers: Ania Urbanowska and Graeme Roger 

Ball in the Box Design Collaborator: Fraser Lappin 

Costume Design and Maker: Conor MacDonald

NTS Producer: Karen Allan

Project Manager: Jannah Main

Production Manager: Alice Black

Hair and Make Up: Fiona Brown 

Company Stage Manager: Anne Page

Deputy Stage Manager: Babette Wickam-Riddick

Hosts: Karen Dunbar and Jamie Rea

Performers: Dean Atta, Jo Clifford, Horse, Malin Lewis, Bogha Frois

Contributors: David Allan. Carrie Bates, LGBTQIA+ Youth Arts Collective, LGBT Youth Scotland, Maggie Kinloch, Mairi McKenzie-Ince, Sanctuary Queer Arts Young Company

Table Hosts: Tiffany Bottomley, Lou Brodie, Maureen Dalton, Paul Fitzpatrick, Maili Fraser, Anne Gallacher, Gillian Gourlay, Nelly Kelly, Stella Litchfield, Fraser MacLeod, Seona McClintock, Lucy McGlennon, Tristan Meecham, Eileen O’Reilly, Emma Jayne Park, Bec Reid. Amy Watt, Andrew Westle, Chris Stuart Wilson, Steven Wren

BSL Interpreter: Janice Murdoch and Yvonne Strain

Prop Maker: Claudia Jevons 

Live Stream Production Manager: Richie Wilson 

Camera Director: Alan Brown

Live Stream Director: Gerry Clark

Camera: Elldon Byrne and Scott Houston

LGBTIQ+ Elders Social Dance Clubs:

Since 2020, LGBTI+ Elders Social Dance Clubs have been presented around Scotland and moved online during 2020. These events will culminate in an interactive online event to celebrate LGBTIQ+ elders across Scotland, the UK and internationally: The Coming Back Out Ball


Sunday 19 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 2 June, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 21 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Where: Tron Theatre, 63 Trongate, Glasgow
Bookings and information click here


Sunday 26 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 26 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 26 May, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 9 June, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 14 July, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 11 August, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 8 September, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 13 October, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 10 November, 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Sunday 8 December, 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Where: Maclean Room, Eden Court, Bishop’s Road, Inverness

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