Archive | Concerts and theatre

A relationship with Grindr…

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Sam Bennett My first attempt to get through to Erik Ransom takes me to his answerphone, which concludes with him advising callers to “have a decadent day” – hands down the best sign-off I’ve ever heard. I tell him so when he rings back shortly after, and that I wish we’d arranged the interview for […]

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FREE events ahead of Bianca Del Rio in Birmingham

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Following the success of a host of free activities over Pride weekend curated by Town Hall Symphony Hall for the local LGBTQ community, THSH are delighted to present two free pre-show foyer events ahead of Bianca Del Rio’s main hall concert on Monday 30th July. The events begin at 6pm with a performance from Soprano […]

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An Interview with Céline Gittens

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Now a principal dancer with the prestigious Birmingham Royal Ballet and after performing in the handover ceremony for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, Céline Gittens discusses the current climate for black and mixed heritage dancers and how Birmingham has become her home. How did you first come to Birmingham? I was 18 years old and having […]

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Recording Memories: Rose and Rosie

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“This online culture doesn’t always have to have negative connotations. Some creators really do try to make a positive difference to the world, and that’s certainly what we’re trying to do.” Married British comedy and entertainment duo Rose Ellen Dix and Rosie Spaughton have gained popularity through their online videos, amassing over 160 million views […]

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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

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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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Rhondda Cynon Taf showing support for IDAHOBIT.

Today is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) and we celebrate this on May 17th as it commemorates […]

IDAHOBIT – Justice and Protection for all

Nicola Stephens, Diversity and Inclusion Manager, National Assembly for Wales In recognition and celebration of the advances made towards improving […]

“I Do” Declare… Wedding Looks, Tracks and Venues with Blair St. Clair

Last year Blair St. Clair’s debut dance pop album Call My Life reached the number one spot on iTunes Dance […]

Rocky Horror Returns to Oxford

Directed by Christopher Luscombe and featuring timeless classics – including ‘Sweet Transvestite’, ‘Damnit Janet’, and of course, the pelvic-thrusting ‘Time […]

LGBT Adoption – “The positives totally outweigh the negatives”

Ian and Jason’s story on adopting through Coram Cambridgeshire Adoption Where it all began… “We had talked about having children […]

The Journey to Acceptance

Life as the director of a Muslim funeral parlour isn’t always easy, but Ayesha has things pretty sorted. She and […]

Andrea Gibson: Hard Truths

The winner of the first ever Women of the World Poetry Slam talks Trump, guns and Christianity with Sam Bennett […]

“Bitch, This Boy Can Sing”

In 2015 Seann Miley Moore moved from Australia to London, in order to take part in The X Factor UK. He walked onstage […]

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 […]