Transsexual theatre: two brave new Edinburgh plays tell of harrowing journeys

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Adam Kashmiry and Neshla Caplan play Kashmiry’s past and present selves in Adam.NTOS

The struggle for transgender people is a leading theme at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe thanks to two shows from the National Theatre of Scotland, Adam and Eve. The shows begin in different times and places, but both are about the profound transgender challenges around identity, transition and transformation of the self.

Adam Kashmiry is the true story of a transman growing up in Egypt, alienated by family, community and even himself. His repression takes place in the context of a wider political oppression. His internal revolution is juxtaposed with the Arab Spring, culminating in his exile to Scotland in 2010. It illustrates the arduous procedures experienced by asylum seekers to the UK, not least the lingering limbo while awaiting a decision on their status.

The big question.NTOS

Kashmiry himself is the narrator, supported in…

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