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Review: Bat out of Hell

Bat out of Hell: the award winning musical featuring Jim Steinman and MeatLoaf’s Greatest Hits At the New Theatre, Oxford until Saturday 16th October Bat out of Hell is Meatloaf’s iconic album, forty-five minutes of smash hits released in 1977, and is one of the best-selling albums of all time and has sold more than 50 million copies. You probably know […]

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CICADA

PECCADILLO PICTURES ANNOUNCES 5TH NOVEMBERUK AND IRISH THEATRICAL & DIGITAL RELEASE DATE FOR: CICADA Directed by Kieran Mulcare and Matthew FiferWritten by Sheldon D. Brown and Matthew Fifer StarringMatthew Fifer and Sheldon BrownCobie Smoulders, Michael Potts, Scott Adsit & Bowen Yang ‘The pain and poetry of being young, queer, troubled and in love’VARIETY‘A film that will stay […]

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Glow Your Own

Cj Zangerle Murray is an Argentine/English queer, trans, visual artist, musician and educator based in the North East, with an MSc in neuroaesthetics. They’ve worked in schools and on creative community projects with children and young people from a diverse range of backgrounds. They are an LGBTQIA+ awareness trainer for Curious Arts – an organisation […]

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Illustrating LGBTQ+ Lives

Didcot’s Cornerstone Arts Centre have been working with illustrator Jess Bolam to shine a light on the experiences of Oxfordshire’s LGBTQ+ community. Following a series of friendly, conversational interviews, various queer stories have been translated into beautiful illustrations by Jess for a gorgeous keepsake book, as part of a project (funded by Arts Council emergency funding) entitled Invisible: Visible. The artist has tried to reflect Oxfordshire’s LGBTQ+ community as a whole, she tells us, all the while […]

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Autumn 2021 What’s On is Out Now!

Aylesbury Waterside Theatre is back in business with a programme of events offering something for everyone.  Hairspray (Mon 6 – Sat 11 Sep) and 9 to 5 The Musical (Tue 28 Sep – Sat 2 Oct) starring Louise Redknapp are ready to satisfy the appetites of musical theatre lovers, and returning due to popular demand […]

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Your Wishes Have Been Granted!

JOINING PAUL CHUCKLE, GARETH GATES, GARETH THOMAS AND MIKE DOYLE THIS CHRISTMAS 2021  The New Theatre Cardiff are pleased to announce three additional stars who will be flying in on a magical carpet to Cardiff this festive season to headline in this year’s magical family pantomime, Aladdin, from Saturday 4 December 2021 – Sunday 2 January 2022.   Stephanie Webber returns to Cardiff for a fourth Christmas and will star as the Spirit of the Ring, Stephanie’s TV […]

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MELISSA ETHERIDGE RELEASES ‘AS COOL AS YOU TRY’

THE THIRD SINGLE FROM HER UPCOMING ALBUM “’As Cool As You Try’ is probably more relevant now than ever, since identity is where we’re at now. There’s no longer that one thing that makes you cool. You just have to feel cool yourself and you’re cool.” – Melissa Etheridge Iconic Grammy and Academy award winning […]

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The Female Advantage

The Female Advantage can help with anything that requires a van! Our target market is women and the LGBTQ+ community. With The Female AdVANtage you know that we will be welcoming, friendly and you will feel completely comfortable when we are in your home. You will also know that your belongings will be in extra […]

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Queer In Brighton

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Present…  Queer History Club(bing!) Vol #1  Sunday Oct 24th 4.30-8pm, Ironworks Studios 30 Cheapside, Brighton BN1 4GD  Queer In Brighton/Queer Heritage South are delighted to resume in-person events with the launch of Queer History Club(bing!) Vol #1 at Brighton Pride’s new Ironwork Studios on Sunday Oct 24th 4:30pm – 8pm. This event will bring together […]

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Awards Ceremony to celebrate the achievements of older people in communities across Wales

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Organised by Age Connects Wales, the inaugural Older Person’s Awards will be launched to celebrate the achievements of older people in communities across Wales. In categories including Later Life Hero and Ageing Well Award, nominations will be sought from people throughout Wales with 6 regional winners in 5 categories going forward to the awards night. The final […]

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Anne Lister returns to Calderdale with Piece Hall Installation

Sunday 26th September 2021
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Gentleman Jack star, Suranne Jones unveils a newly-created interpretation of the remarkable person she portrays, Anne Lister, at the stunning Piece Hall in Halifax.

Anne Lister returns to Calderdale with Piece Hall Installation
On 26 September, a landmark sculpture of prominent 19th century diarist, landowner, entrepreneur, scholar, traveller, and lesbian, Anne Lister, was unveiled in The Piece Hall’s 66,000 sq ft open-air piazza. The special unveiling ceremony saw Gentleman Jack star, Suranne Jones, series creator Sally Wainwright OBE and sculptor Diane Lawrenson – three women who have worked hard to bring the remarkable story of Anne Lister to life for contemporary audiences – come together to celebrate Anne’s life. The installation, called ‘Contemplation’, has been made possible thanks to the work of The Piece Hall Trust and is now on permanent display at the iconic Piece Hall.
In a ceremony, watched by hundreds of invited guests and onlookers, the sculpture was unveiled from beneath a traditional piece of cloth – as once traded at The Piece Hall - rounding off a special series of events to mark the 181st anniversary of her passing. 
Anne Lister (1791-1840) often described as ‘the first modern lesbian’, had strong connections to Halifax as a successful female entrepreneur and landowner from the West Yorkshire town. She notably wrote an estimated five million words detailing her life as a landowner and businesswoman and her liaisons with other women, as well as portraying the network of relationships between women of the gentry and aristocracy in early 19th century Halifax and beyond. 
Nicky Chance-Thompson DL, Chief Executive of The Piece Hall Trust, commented:
“This is a story of a woman that still holds such resonance today. It felt right that we, as The Piece Hall Trust, helped enable this remarkable new piece of art, commemorating a woman who continues to have such an impact locally, nationally, and internationally. We wanted to bring Anne’s story to life, by bringing together other extraordinary women who have given their own special interpretation of her life – Diane Lawrenson and Sally Wainwright, together with Jill Liddington and Helena Whitbread. I’m proud that The Piece Hall will pay homage in this way for visitors from around the world to visit and experience. It has been wonderful to have these remarkable women involved to celebrate Anne Lister’s remarkable and brave life.”
Gentleman Jack writer and Piece Hall Patron Sally Wainwright OBE said:
“Anne Lister is a huge inspiration. She is a source of inspiration to me and the fact that Gentleman Jack has resonated with audiences around the world has been very special for me. To be involved in the unveiling today is such a privilege and my thanks go out to Nicky, Sir Roger Marsh, and everyone at The Piece Hall Trust for enabling this; Diane for creating such a beautiful piece of art, and Suranne for helping me to tell Anne Lister’s remarkable story in such a sensitive and powerful way. It’s fantastic that we’re able to honour her legacy in such a beautiful and historical venue that would have been part of her day-to-day life here in Halifax.”
Suranne Jones added:
“What an incredible day! Anne Lister’s story is one that I have been privileged to play a part in telling and the response to Gentlemen Jack from audiences around the world has been astonishing. It’s vitally important that we continue to tell the story of strong women throughout history, whether it’s through our television screens like Gentleman Jack or works like this that will encourage people to delve deeper into her life. Halifax and Calderdale have played an important role in my own life since the first series of Gentleman Jack aired on TV, and I’m delighted that this new installation has a permanent home in such a stunning venue.”
The Piece Hall – a focal point of trade and commerce in Halifax during Lister’s lifetime, which she often referred to in her diaries - was also recently used as a filming location for scenes for the new series of Gentleman Jack, made by BBC/HBO. Visitors can now admire the sculpture, which sits on a stone plinth donated by Halifax-based stone merchants, Marshalls plc, along with other sculptures and art created by Diane Lawrenson now on view in The Piece Hall’s Gallery.

On 26 September, a landmark sculpture of prominent 19th century diarist, landowner, entrepreneur, scholar, traveller, and lesbian, Anne Lister, was unveiled in The Piece Hall’s 66,000 sq ft open-air piazza. The special unveiling ceremony saw Gentleman Jack star, Suranne Jones, series creator Sally Wainwright OBE and sculptor Diane Lawrenson – three women who have worked hard to […]

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Switzerland votes to legalize same-sex marriage

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Switzerland agreed to legalise civil marriage and the right to adopt children for same-sex couples by a nearly two-thirds majority in a referendum on Sunday, making it one of the last countries in Western Europe to legalise gay marriage. According to results provided by the Swiss federal chancellery, 64.1% of voters voted in favour of […]

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Altitude Set Oliver Sacks: His Own Life

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FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY SPECIAL EVENT IN UK & IRISH CINEMAS ON 29TH SEPTEMBER! Directed by: Ric Burns  ‘A multi-layered portrait of a brilliant but complex man’ – READER’S DIGEST  ‘Tender and thrilling’ – VARIETY Oliver Sacks was a man of extremes. In his youth, he was a self-destructive rebel who fled London for San Francisco […]

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SWEETHEART

Peccadillo Pictures Announces 24th September UK & Irish Theatrical Date For: Sweetheart A Film by: Marley Morrison  Film London, BFI, BBC […]

GRIPPING DRAMA COMES TO THE NEW THEATRE!

TUESDAY 28 SEPTEMBER – Saturday 2 OCTOBER 2021 Based on the book by the multi-million number 1 best-selling author Peter James, the […]

Welsh University of the Year 2022

Cardiff University has been named Welsh University of the Year in The Times & The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2022. […]

Fighting With Pride: Cenotaph

LGBT+ veterans to remember the fallen at the Cenotaph on Remembrance Sunday for the first time .  It has been announced that […]

PALAVER Festival

A pioneering new LGBTQ+ arts festival specifically for children and families comes to Cambridge Junction 10am-5pm, Thursday 28th October, 2021.    Fatt Projects and Cambridge Junction present PALAVER Festival, […]

WE ARE READY TO OPEN ONCE MORE!

MONDAY 20 – SATURDAY 25 SEPTEMBER 2021   The iconic hit musical Priscilla has more glitter than ever before, featuring a dazzling array […]

Priscilla, Queen Of The Desert

At the New Theatre Oxford until Saturday 28 th August A standing ovation is how Priscilla Queen of the Desert concluded last […]

From Caliban to Batman

Shakespeare and superheroes with Inua Ellams Born in Nigeria, Inua Ellams is a UK-based poet, playwright and performer who has written for […]

Lucy Spraggan On Choices, Childhood and Chocolate

English Singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan has come a long way since appearing on the X-Factor back in 2012. Now approaching the release of her […]

From a Heart Like Wet Cement

The Messy Truth with Caroline Bird To mark National Poetry Day at the very beginning of this month, we spoke to London-based […]