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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 […]

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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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Rocky Horror Returns to Oxford

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Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics – including ‘Sweet Transvestite’, ‘Damnit Janet’, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting ‘Time Warp’ – Richard O’Brien’s legendary Rocky Horror Show returns to the UK as part of a sell-out worldwide tour in 2019, having now been seen by over 30 million theatregoers. This classic musical extravaganza will […]

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LGBT Adoption – “The positives totally outweigh the negatives”

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Ian and Jason’s story on adopting through Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Where it all began… “We had talked about having children before, and one day we asked each other the ‘what if’ question. We looked at our options and decided that if we were going to do this then adopting would be the best way forward. […]

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The Journey to Acceptance

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Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and Zeyd share everything: a marriage, a business, a future. Until Tom walks in to organise his boyfriend’s funeral. A snap moral decision, informed by the values of their community and their faith, has profound consequences. […]

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Andrea Gibson: Hard Truths

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The winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam talks Trump, guns and Christianity with Sam Bennett  Are you shy? I ask Andrea Gibson. The American spoken word performer laughs. “Yeah – I’m sort of a hermit when I’m home.” Where they live there are plenty of llamas, pigs and bunnies, “and […]

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“Bitch, This Boy Can Sing”

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In 2015 Seann Miley Moore moved from Australia to London, in order to take part in The X Factor UK. He walked onstage for his first audition in a backwards cap, latex skirt, lippy, heels and hoop earrings before launching into a rendition of Queen’s ‘The Show Must Go On’ which brought the audience to its feet. He […]

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Policing, Safe Spaces and this Challenging World

Dr Clifford Williams joined the “extremely homophobic” police force in 1987. He recalls his training, which saw the Sexual Offences […]

A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe

Written by Dominic Montague and directed by Paula McFetridge, A Queer Céilí at the Marty Forsythe is an exciting new […]

Matt Cain: Pop, Persecution and Politics

In a week that also saw him meet Michelle Visage after watching her as Miss Hedge in the wonderful musical […]

LGBT History Month

Philip Baldwin, LGBT/HIV activist When I was sitting my GCSEs and A-levels at school, around the turn of the millennium, […]

Our Hidden Histories

2015 marked the tenth anniversary of LGBT History Month in the UK. Playwright in residence for LGBT HM, Stephen M […]

Chaune King On…

South American-born and London-based Chaune King once identified as a masculine female or masculine lesbian, and hit the music scene […]

Jinkx Monsoon: From Catholicism to Conversation

The RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Five winner talks Ab Fab, witches and narcolepsy… The name Monsoon was inspired by Absolutely […]

Time for change: why IVF is discriminatory to same-sex couples

Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director, CREATE Fertility Fertility treatments are costly at the best of times, and unfortunately the current […]

Leave to Remain

A new play with songs by Matt Jones and Kele Okereke “When I first read the script, I was so […]

Improving the Much-loved Marlborough

For the past ten years, the Marlborough Pub & Theatre in Brighton has put on “work which is at the […]