Mindy Raf is keeping her kidneys…

Mindy Raf: Keeping My Kidneys

What’s true romance to you? For some, it’s flowers, candles and lacy knickers. To others, it’s marrying your high school sweetheart and settling in the suburbs. For me, it’s my husband pouring a third of his pint into my glass when I can’t be bothered to go to the bar.

mindyfinalweb_001In Mindy Raf’s world, true romance involves both men and women – sometimes simultaneously.

Not because she’s an oversexed cheater, but because she’s polyamorous and pansexual; an aspect of her identity that’s at the very core of her hilarious and critically acclaimed, one-woman comedy show, ‘Keeping My Kidneys’.

In Mindy’s own words, Keeping My Kidneys weaves a fresh, tightly constructed narrative around modern love and relationships.

It dismantles the conventional notion of the romantic comedy, covering subjects like identity, sex, anxiety, the loss of a parent, coming out, polyamory, and bi/pan visibility in queer culture.

Girls who are boys
Who like boys to be girls
Who do boys like they’re girls
Who do girls like they’re boys
Always should be someone you really love

-Blur

Needless to say, it’s right up our alley and when Mindy first contacted us about producing Keeping My Kidneys at the Edinburgh Fringe this year we almost slipped off our seats.

Mindy – a multi-talented comedian, actress, published writer, and musician who’s contributed to numerous TV productions, including shows on MTV, TNT, VH1 and The Daily Comedy Network – heard of Civil Disobedience from a mutual friend in New York, where she’s based. And when she got in touch it was love at first sight. In a strictly professional, platonic kind of way, of course.

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We fell hard and fast for her quirky, laugh-out-loud take on the confusing maze that is 21st Century relationships, and we’re not the only ones. Her New York run of Keeping My Kidneys has already generated a host of rave reviews, with Time Out New York naming the show an “LBGT Best Bet” and one of  “20 Stellar Things To Do”.

But what’s any of the above got to do with kidneys, I hear you ask. Well, you’re just going to have to come see the show!

I for one can’t wait to catch it live here in Edinburgh this August. More on that in due course, but in the meantime; take a look at the show teaser right now.