Poetry at Queer’Say on 8th May

16 04 2014

Vintage MicrophoneOut In South London and Apples and Snakes present ‘Queer’Say’, a showcase for queer spoken word, which is part of Wandsworth Arts Festival in May. Rosie hosts the event and speaks to each artist about their work, life and writing after we hear a short set. On the bill are Joelle Taylor, Sophia Blackwell and Keith Jarrett.

Joelle Taylor has performed internationally and on TV shows including Faking It and The One Show and radio shows including Woman’s Hour.

Sophia Blackwell is the author of poetry collection Into Temptation and novel After My Own Heart.

Keith Jarrett was named UK Farrago poetry slam champion 2010 and a runner up at the Radio 4 slam finals 2007.

Queer’Say takes place at the Bedford Pub in Balham on 8th May and will be recorded for Out in South London.





Another Country: Interview (extended version)

10 04 2014
Rob Callender as Guy Bennett in 'Another Country' Photo: Johan Persson

Rob Callender as Guy Bennett in ‘Another Country’
Photo: Johan Persson

When Rosie met actors Rob Callender and Dario Coates at the Trafalgar Studios there was a lot to say about Julian Mitchell’s play ‘Another Country’, in which they currently star. As not everything could be included in the broadcast, here is now an extended version of the interview.

The drama portrays the lives of public schoolboys in 1930s Britain and focuses on the characters of Guy Bennett who is based on Guy Burgess and Tommy Judd who is modeled on the Communist and poet John CornfordBoth characters are outsiders and develop a critical view on British society. Burgess was flamboyant, open about his sexuality and later became one of the Cambridge Spies, whereas John Cornford later fought and died in the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The play was made into a film which Rupert Everett and Colin Firth in the lead roles; both had also previously been part of the theatre production.

Rob plays Guy Bennett and Dario a boy called Sanderson who supports the school system. Both discuss the effect the rigid school system had on its pupils and Rob reveals what it is like being educated in an all male environment today. They also talk about the appeal of the play, which is even greater now than when Julian Mitchell wrote it in 1981, because of the political changes that have happened since, the current events in Russia and the continuous interest in the Cambridge Spies.  ‘Another Country’ opened in Chichester last autumn and now runs at the Trafalgar Studios until 21st June 2014.

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Listen again: 8th April 2014

10 04 2014
Andrew Rowney (left) as Kenneth Halliwell and Richard Dawes (right) as Joe Orton in "Orton" at Above the Stag Photo: Derek Drescher

Andrew Rowney (left) as Kenneth Halliwell and Richard Dawes (right) as Joe Orton in “Orton” at Above the Stag
Photo: Derek Drescher

Rosie met actors Rob Callender and Dario Coates who currently star in Julian Mitchell’s play ‘Another Country’. The drama portrays the lives of public schoolboys in the 1930s. They discuss the effect the rigid school system has on its pupils, particularly on the character of Guy Bennett who is based on Guy Burgess. Burgess was flamboyant, open about his sexuality and became one of the Cambridge Spies. Rob also reveals what it is like being educated in an all male school today. Mitchell wrote the play in 1981 when he saw a connection between being badly treated as a homosexual and becoming a spy who betrays his country. ‘Another Country’ runs at the Trafalgar Studios until 21st June 2014.

Ben Walters presents his new quarterly cabaret ‘Come With Me If You Want To Live’. He is joined by performance artist David Hoyle who is part of the first show. David shares his memories of seeing ‘Another Country’ in the 1980s before telling us about his work with Nathan Evans and what we can expect at Chelsea Theatre. This includes a pop-up exhibition with his art work. Eve Ferret, Dickie Beau and Figs in Wigs are also the on the playbill on the first night. Besides programming and hosting the cabaret evening in Chelsea, Ben also initiated BURN, a showcase for moving images by cabaret artists at the Hackney Attic. Having been active in the performance scene for many years, Ben and David also address the pressure of social media and self-promotion, which leads to ‘commodifying’ performance as they describe it. This, too, means trying not to get frustrated by the business side of their creative work. ‘Come With Me If You Want To Live’ opens its curtains on 11th April at Chelsea Theatre.

Director Tim McArthur talks about his production of ‘Orton’, a new musical based on the lives of the writers Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell. Tim speaks about his personal connection to Joe Orton as he remembers growing up in the North of England, having read his diaries and being fascinated by the playwright. He admits that it was one of the hardest shows he has directed as he needed to find the balance between creating an enjoyable and entertaining musical and incorporating the darker sides of the story such as Kenneth Halliwell’s mental illness and their tragic death. ‘Orton’ runs at the Above the Stag Theatre from 2nd April to 4th May.

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For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) Noel Coward: ‘Something to Do with Spring’ from the album “I Went to a Marvellous Party”

2) Rufus Wainwright: ‘April Fool’ from the album “Vibrate: Best of”

3) The Times: ‘Song for Joe Orton’ from the album “I Helped Patrick McGoohan Escape”

 





Rosie on Woman’s Hour

9 04 2014

Womans-Hour-BBC-Radio-4 Rosie spoke on Woman’s Hour about the discoveries she made regarding lesbian relationships. For her new comedy show ‘Is Monogamy Dead’ she undertook some research, which she also shared in an article on When Sally Met Sally. Her findings are that the eagerly anticipated marriage between women might not lead to a ‘happily ever after’.

Rosie discussed her views with Dr Anna Einarsdottir from Hull University Business School on Woman’s Hour on 4th April 2014.





Listen again: 1st April 2014

5 04 2014
Anna Margarita Albelo in 'Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?'

Anna Margarita Albelo in ‘Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?’

Performer Scottee and model Felicity Hayward tell us about the fourth and the final season of the talent show ‘Hamburger Queen’. They reveal what Kevin Spacey has got to do with their show and that for the first time no men have applied. That might explain why the 16 contestants can enjoy a feminist theme. Scottee and Felicity hint at the celebrity judges which include 1990s pop stars. They also discuss being happy with their bodies and that health issues are often the only aspect that the media presents with regards to “fat” people, as Scottee puts it. Hamburger Queen is presented at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on 3rd, 10th and 17th April with the finale at the Bloomsbury Ballroom on 24th April 2014.

Josefeen Foxter and Muffin Hix from ‘Fringe! Spring Fling’ give us details on the Film & Arts Fest that features queer films, parties and talks on 11th and 12th April in East London. They explain how the festival came about and why the main festival was moved to November. They also present upcoming events at the Amy Grimehouse Club and films such as ‘Bruno & Earlene go to Vegas’.

We hear from Anna Margarita Albelo, director of ‘Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf?‘. She is joined by Guinevere Turner who plays the lead in the film, which follows a lesbian who wants to make a film to win over a woman she fancies. Anna gives us an insight into how biographical the comedy is and how it came about. They also talk about the difficulties of financing a lesbian feature film, before sharing the story of the vagina costume, which plays a significant part in the film. Guinevere tells us how she got involved in this project. ‘Who’s Afraid of Vagina Wolf? was shown at the film festival ‘Flare’ and will be released later this year.

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For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1)    K Anderson: ‘14 Year Old Me’

2)    Tegan & Sara: ‘Closer’ from the album “Heartthrob”

3)    CN Lester: ‘Sparks’ from the album “Aether”





Listen again: 25th March 2014

29 03 2014
Drag Artists: Camden's Black Cap Photo: David Collingwood

Drag Artists: Camden’s Black Cap
Photo: David Collingwood

Rosie chats to Curious, an innovative live art/theatre duo, who present their latest show ‘Best Before End’. It explores the inevitability of the ageing process with lots of dark humour. Curious consist of Leslie Hill and Helen Paris who are a couple that has worked together for 17 years. They explain that the show is about “all the things you want to say before time runs out” and that sugar cubes play a significant part in the performance. ‘Best Before End‘ runs at Chelsea Theatre from 26th to 28th March.

Culture reporter Wendy Baverstock reviews the French biopic ‘Yves Saint Laurent’, which focuses on the relationship between the famous designer and his partner Pierre Bergé. She very much admired the beauty of the film and Pierre Niney’s portrayal of the troubled artist, but missed Yves Saint Laurent’s contributions to fashion, e.g. the trouser suit for women, and why he was so important in his field.

Photographer David Collingwood and Eva Megias, a Spanish conceptual artist, offer us an insight into their work that is presented at the ‘Loudest Whispers’ exhibition. David’s work includes documenting drag artists in Camden at the Black Cap, portraying what happens behind the scenes. While working on the project he learned that the switching from ‘man to women’ in respect of the names used to address them happens “when the wig comes on”.

Eva created cartoons about people coming out of the closet regardless of sexuality and gender. She also talks about the experience of having a mother that not only supports her art work but practically pushes her into it.

‘Loudest Whispers’ can be seen at the St Pancras Hospital Conference Centre Gallery Space Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm until 10th April 2014. The final evening on the 10th also offers the opportunity to meet the artists. The event starts 5.30pm and includes screenings of short films.

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For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) Rufus Wainwright: ‘Me and Liza’ from the album “Vibrate: Best of”

2) Anaïs Mitchell: ‘Wedding Song’ from the album “Hadestown”

3) Wallis Bird: ‘I Can Be Your Man’ from the album “Architect”

4) The Hidden Cameras: ‘Year of the Spawn’ from the album “Age”

5) Rae Spoon: ‘Love Is a Hunter’ from the album “My Prairie Home”





Listen again: 18th March 2014

23 03 2014
Oliver Lynes as Josh and Michael Edwards as Ruby in 'A Hard Rain' Photo: Derek Drescher

Oliver Lynes as Josh and Michael Edwards as Ruby in ‘A Hard Rain’
Photo: Derek Drescher

Rosie talks over the phone to Canadian singer-songwriter Rae Spoon in Montréal, who is the subject of the documentary ‘My Prairie Home’. The Canadian film explores Rae’s experience of being transgender. It receives its European premier at the BFI on 26th March during the LLGFF (now called ‘Flare’). Rae tells us that ‘My Prairie Home’ is actually a musical documentary, in which some scenes are filmed like video clips. She also reveals that she first wrote the songs and the documentary about her childhood was made around them. With all the music in the film, it is accompanies by Rae’s latest album of the same name, ‘My Prairie Home’. As with Gender Failure last year, Rae will also perform some songs from it after the screening of the film on 26th March at the BFI.

Singer-songwriter K Anderson talks about the release of the single ’14 Year Old Me’ and his musical influences such as Ani Di Franco. K Anderson shares his beginnings in song writing, the experience of releasing his debut album ‘The Overthinker’ and how he went about writing ’14 Year Old Me’, which includes memories of his friends.

We hear from the actors Pierre Niney and Guillaume Gallienne, who play the designer Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé, with whom he founded his business, in the French film ‘Yves Saint Laurent’. Pierre Niney describes the unique relationship between the designer and the businessman, which lasted until Yves Saint Laurent’s death in 2008. At the same time Guillaume Gallienne gives us some insight into the shooting process, in which the relationship between the filmmakers seemed to mirror their characters. They also explain the current trend in French cinemas that portrays gay relationships. Yves Saint Laurent is released in the cinemas on 21st March.

Author Martin Hooper talks about ‘A Hard Rain’, a play he wrote together with Jon Bradfield. The drama is set in and around a bar in New York in 1969 a few days before the Stonewall riots. Martin discusses the mood of the time, the locals in Greenwich Village and the research for the play. The character of Ruby, for example, a volatile drag queen, is very representative for the time and place. She served in the Vietnam War and is now full of anger for being treated as a second class citizen only because she is gay and prefers female clothes. ‘A Hard Rain’ is running at the Above the Stag Theatre until 30th March.

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For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but that’s what you could hear on the show:

1) Rae Spoon: ‘Love Is a Hunter’ from the album “My Prairie Home”

2) CN Lester: ‘Aether’ from the album “Aether”

3) K Anderson: ‘14 Year Old Me’

4) Mica: ‘Love’ from the soundtrack “Under the Skin”

5) Marques Toliver: ‘Control’ from the album “Land of CanAan”








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