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Welsh Proms return to St David’s Hall

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This weekend (21 July) marks the return of one of the most anticipated events in Cardiff’s concert calendar as the Welsh Proms is back at St David’s Hall! Now in its 33rd year, the 2018 series includes everything from classical, folk, jazz and brass to the world’s most memorable movies themes. There’s great family fun […]

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“This is why we continue”: A Q&A with L Fest Director Cindy Edwards

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Born from a rather different event, L Fest is the UK’s one and only award-winning music, arts and comedy festival for lesbians and allies. This year, the festival site is moving to Bodafon Fields in Llandudno in north Wales. As she battled traffic on her way there, we caught up with festival director Cindy Edwards […]

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No Outsiders: An Interview with Courtney Act

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Sam Bennett In February this year Shane Gilberto Jenek, also known as Courtney Act, emerged from the Celebrity Big Brother house as winner of the series. While viewers of Big Brother do relish the fights and bitchiness it usually delivers, the Australian drag queen bonded with people, forming friendships with the likes of Andrew Brady. […]

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Boomtown: The Machine Cannot be Stopped

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Chapter Ten of the Boomtown chronicles finds a world changed far from the dream of Nickolas Boom, a grand city where once only a small village stood, a world of bright lights and dizzying heights, where distraction is the main attraction and the people are divided by the passage of time. The mighty Bang Hai […]

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Pink Singers’ celebrates 35 years by creating a Mixtape

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London’s magnificent and quintessentially fabulous LGBT+ choir, The Pink Singers, are celebrating 35 years of making music together with some of their favourite songs selected by choir members. Pink Singers are Europe’s longest established LGBT+ choir, bringing people together through the unique power of song. Since 1983 they have been at the forefront of the […]

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Where We Came From: The Inheritance

Sam Bennett There are those of us who didn’t attend drama school but have still formed opinions of what it’s like – be these based on reality television, teen comedy-dramas, or Fame. “People have heard all the myths about drama school and I think I’d be lying if I said that some of those weren’t […]

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Funny without Jokes: Stephen Bailey

Sam Bennett A couple of hours prior to going onstage in Covent Garden, Stephen Bailey thinks back to when he first started out in stand-up. He would do jokes of the same ilk as other comics, he tells me, because that’s what he thought people wanted. If he performed by that rule today, he explains, […]

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Review: The Dragprov Revue

The Dragprov Revue – a title born out of the marrying together of drag and improv. But in the case of this drag king/drag queen double act, the drag seems almost secondary. The gift Ed Scrivens (‘Eaton Messe’) and Francesca Forristal (‘Christian Adore’) have for improvisation is what carries the show – a talent made […]

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Mi Flamenco Presents: Incognito

Exciting, moving flamenco dance, powerful song, virtuoso guitar and cello – with lots of charm, imagination and theatre thrown in Incognito, by international flamenco company Mi Flamenco is touring for the last time this spring. It is a show not to be missed. It contains all the spirit of authentic, pulsating flamenco, intertwined with the […]

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“Different, New, and Quite Dangerous”: An Interview with Jo Noble

Last year Jo Noble directed Oxford Playhouse’s 17|25 Young Company in Jane Eyre, which “got really good reviews”, she recalls. “It was a complicated text in many ways,” I’m told. “Often in quite dense novels, an awful lot of interest is in the minutiae of the writing, the descriptions and so forth, which of course […]

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