V&A: Fashioned from Nature

Fashion reigns… and doubtless has done since the age of bearskins. However, in the last few centuries this desire to stand out from the crowd has also impacted on the environment as the demand for the latest, brightest and rarest of materials has become a global obsession. Reflecting on this disturbing trend, the V&A is […]

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 […]

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, […]

In The Wake: An Interview with Helen Trevorrow

Kay, devastated by her mother’s death, is struggling to maintain her high-flying career in public relations. When called upon to handle a gruesome discovery in London’s Royal Albert Dock on behalf of her client, she soon becomes entangled in the mystery she’s been brought in to manage. As she spirals out of control, long suppressed […]

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 […]

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 […]

Getting Life Back Up: An Interview with Elton Justice

Scotland-born Elton Justice spent three years of his life living in a country of the Far East (having previously lived in London). One day he posted the following about the country’s prime minister on his Facebook page: “He is an elected dictator.” Government authorities then set about ruining his life. “It was a constant psychological […]

“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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Ryan & Liam Simpson-Trotman: “It’s About Being Brave and Bold”

Oxfordshire is undoubtedly blessed with a wealth of excellent chefs, but few have the kind of fierce passion and sheer artistry that Ryan and Liam Simpson-Trotman have. As the proprietors of one of Oxfordshire’s best restaurants, Orwells – near Shiplake – the pair have won numerous accolades including four AA rosettes, and in our opinion, […]

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A Fyne Chat with Charlie Healy

Charlie Healy auditioned for ‘X Factor’ in 2009 as part of Harmony Hood, managing to get to the judges’ houses stage of the competition. In 2010 he returned to the show as a member of Nu Status that made it through to boot camp. Returning again in 2011 as part of The Keys, Charlie was […]

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Christian Adore and Eaton Messe: Wholesome Drag

Francesca Forristal sits in Oxford’s Jam Factory with a liquorice tea, talking tattoos and her interest in what makes a song or music artist queer, when her friend and comedy partner Ed Scrivens hurries into view. “Oh, wigs, wigs, the wigs, can I see? Can I see?” she says, in reference to what he’s carrying. […]

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Ten Questions: Bianca Del Rio

We ask the ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ season six winner about Lewis Hamilton, wardrobe malfunctions and Valentine’s Day ahead of her Birmingham Symphony Hall gig this July. You’ve performed ‘Blame it on Bianca Del Rio’ shows in Australia and New Zealand, as well as Asia. Was there one particular gig you enjoyed the most? It would […]

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The Trouble Boys: A Q&A with E.R. Fallon

Irish-American novelist E.R. Fallon has written a compelling historical crime drama. The Trouble Boys paints a vivid picture of 1940s and 1950s gangland New York, and explores the deadly consequences of loyalty to family and friends. Here the author tells us a little bit more… You’ve dedicated The Trouble Boys to your family. Could you […]

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I Love You Too Much: An Interview with Alicia Drake

Sam Bennett The now UK-based Alicia Drake once resided in Paris. Her children’s preschool was on the other side of the Jardin du Luxembourg to where the family lived, so every day she’d walk back and forth across the Jardin, around which there are lots of senior schools and thus a lot of teenagers. The […]

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Caerphilly Youth Services launch LGBTQ+ Youth Group

Caerphilly Youth Services, Basement team run Caerphilly Borough’s only specific LGBTQ+ group for young people, providing a safe and confidential environment where young people are able to express their true selves, whilst meeting other young people that share the same experiences and issues. The group is for any young people aged 11-25 that identify as […]

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Exeter Pride: Celebration!

Exeter’s 10th LGBT Pride has announced the theme of this year’s event; celebration! Exeter Pride is one of the South West’s biggest celebrations of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) communities in the region and a key annual event in the city’s calendar. Events include a colourful rainbow flag parade from the St Sidwell […]

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Third Nordic Rainbow History & Culture Month

Bill Schiller of the Nordic Rainbow History and Culture Month… Plans are underway for the third LGBT History Month in the Nordic zone this coming October, featuring seminars, performance, film screenings, music, dance, drama, poetry, art and photography. The idea for a Nordic LGBT HM was long ago kindled by LGBT History Month in the UK […]

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Norena Shopland Talks Forbidden Lives

Forbidden Lives: LGBT stories from Wales is the first book on Welsh LGBT history. Here its author Norena Shopland tells us more. What time period does Forbidden Lives cover? It stretches across the ages. It starts with Gerald of Wales, which is medieval, and goes up to the present day (it’s got Jan Morris in […]

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LGBT Youth Homelessness and The Albert Kennedy Trust

The Albert Kennedy Trust launched in 1989, becoming the world’s first ever service for homeless LGBT youth. Nearly 30 years on, we talk to Grahame Robertson – part of the AKT support team – about why the Trust are still very much needed and what they have planned for LGBT History Month. How would you […]

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The Four Faces of LGBT History Month

The theme of this year’s LGBT History Month is ‘Geography: Mapping the World’. It seeks to focus on the total global importance of LGBT equality, highlighting people from around the world who face daily challenges to their identity. This year the four faces of LGBT HM are people whose lives have laid the foundations for […]

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