Listen again: 10th February 2015

14 02 2015
Geoffrey Streatfeild (Daniel) and Julian Ovenden (John) in  My Night With Reg.  Photo: Johan Persson

Daniel (Geoffrey Streatfeild) and John (Julian Ovenden) at Guy’s party in My Night With Reg
Photo: Johan Persson

After two sell-out runs at Hampstead Theatre, the hit play Di and Viv and Rose is now enjoying a West End run at the Vaudeville Theatre. Rosie and journalist Laura Macdougall look at the play’s hilarious and heartbreaking portrayal of female friendship. Laura was absolutely taken by the play that starts in the 1980s when the girls share a flat in their student days. She particularly loved the way author Amelia Bullmore had written the individual characters. Di and Viv and Rose runs at the Vaudeville Theatre until 23rd May.

Cucumber, Russell T Davies’ latest depiction of contemporary gay male life currently showing weekly on Channel 4, has been heralded by the Guardian as the ‘television event of the week’, while the Arts Desk has criticised it as ‘bizarrely traumatic’. Our culture critic Wendy Baverstock found Cucumber lacking depth. She much preferred its sister-series Banana on e4 which is tighter, shorter and includes more female characters.

When Kevin Elyot penned My Night with Reg - about a group of gay men living and loving in the 1980s – the UK was in the grip of an AIDS crisis and there was no such thing as equal marriage. Robert Hastie’s revival twenty years later at the Donmar Warhouse is receiving 5-star reviews across the board. The production has now transferred to the Apollo Theatre, where writer Clayton Littlewood saw it for us. Clayton very much admired the dialogue, the structure and the acting. He highly recommends it and hopes to see the production again. My Night with Reg runs at the Apollo Theatre until 11th April.

 

 

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

1) Girlboy: Jennifer Lawrence

2) Awna Teixeira: Yellow Moon from the album Wild One

3) David Bowie: Starman from the album Best of Bowie

4) DJ BPM & Benten: Dubship – for Resonance’s fundraising drive





Thank You and Happy Bidding!

10 02 2015

The Way He LooksWe would like to thank all our donors for their kind contributions, which include books, theatre tickets, CDs, DVDs, posters and art work. They can be bid for on Resonance’s auction page and the station’s Ebay Auction Page, which is updated daily with more items.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are signed books from

Clayton Littlewood: Goodbye to Soho and Dirty White Boy

Clare Lydon: London Calling and The Long Weekend

Catherine Hall: Repercussions

Diriye Osman: Fairytales for Lost Children

Dean Atta: I Am Nobody’s Nigger

Cherry Potts: Mosaic of Air

Carolyn Robertson: Two Dads

The first eight books come in a bundle, Two Dads is to follow in March.

 

There are tickets for

Lovesong of the Electric Bear at the Hope Theatre, 24 Feb to 7 March

London Gay Symphony Orchestra on 22 February

Polari Literary Salon at the Southbank on 23 February

The Z List Dead List with Iszi Lawrence, every 2nd Sunday of a month

Isherwood Walking Tour in Berlin with tour guide Brendan Nash

 

There are CDs from

Bourgeois & Maurice: The Third

Wallis Bird: Architect

 

There DVDs and posters from Peccadillo Pictures, Kat Holmes and Andrew Logan

DVDs: The Way He Looks, True Love, Stud Life, Reaching for the Moon, Submerge

Posters: Eastern Boy, You and the Night, The Way He Looks, The Alternative Miss World (original)

 

Artwork from Andrew Logan and Peter Herbert

Andrew Logan: Heart-Shaped Brooch

 

And to keep you cool in the summer, a T-shirt from

Planet London: Planet London T-Shirt

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Raising the Roof for Resonance

24 01 2015

imagesResonance are holding a fundraiser between 9th and 15th February 2015 to build up reserve funds for the station’s equipment and resources. It includes live concerts, film screenings, comedy events and an American-style fundraising auction. All the shows will be auctioning special items, free tickets, signed programmes etc. Is there anything that you may be able to donate? Then email fundraising@resonancefm.com. Or maybe you would like to bid on an item in the Resonance FM auction? For that, please visit http://fundraiser.resonance.fm/auction

Last year the drive raised £30,000, which enabled the station to replace its FM transmitter, extend the lease on its broadcast antenna site, and complete a second studio. This year, the goal is £50,000 ­ which will allow the station to trial a DAB service, overhaul their website, and expand the range of the FM broadcast footprint beyond central London. More details of Resonance FM’s fundraising drive can be found at http://fundraiser.resonance.fm

Your contribution would be immensely appreciated.

Thank you,

Rosie & Sabine





My Bed is My Kingdom – Review: Miss Dietrich Regrets

24 01 2015

Layout 1The St James Theatre presents Gail Louw’s ‘Miss Dietrich Regrets’ as part of their ‘Icons Season’, which runs until 25th January in its studio space. It is a world premiere that is directed by Tony Milner and stars Elizabeth Counsell and Moira Brooker.

Another play about Marlene Dietrich. In 1996 Pam Gems wrote ‘Marlene’ depicting the movie star turned cabaret performer in her dressing room before a concert. In 2008 Chris Burgess focused on Marlene’s friendship with Noel Coward in ‘Lunch with Marlene’. Now, with ‘Miss Dietrich Regrets’, Gail Louw looks at the singer’s later years – the ones, in which she was bedridden in Paris until her death in 1992. She could have got out of bed, if she had made the effort, but she chose not to in order to prevent herself from falling down. Her precious legs that made her famous in ‘The Blue Angel’ in Berlin in 1929, had given in.

It is the early 1980s, Marlene (Elizabeth Counsell) has made herself comfortable in bed. Yet, independence remains paramount. All she needs is within reach: a cooker, a TV, even a jar to ‘relieve’ herself, but most important her telephone. She cheerfully calls the US President Ronald Reagan to have the high-ranking Nazi Klaus Barbie delivered to France for punishment. She is politically minded and – in her own way – active. But this is only one side. A collection of pills and various empty alcohol bottles that her daughter Maria (Moira Brooker) brings to view from behind the furniture tell a different story. Her aim to preserve her iconic image comes at the price of loneliness, only a selected few are allowed near. And over the phone, many have to accept a ‘Miss Dietrich Regrets’ acted out in a maid’s voice.

The play is based on ‘Marlene’, Maria Riva’s biography of her mother,  and describes the difficult relationship between them. It is a very intimate relationship and a bit too intimate for Maria’s liking as she is trying to escape Marlene’s clutches. Yet, despite living in New York, she still flies out to Paris – almost at Marlene’s whim – to check on her. There are many unresolved issues that come to light. They include Marlene’s humiliating treatment of Tami, her husband’s lover, who offered Maria the warmth she was missing. Maria’s experience of being abused by one of Marlene’s lesbian friends and simply the different values these two women have. While Maria has yearned all her life for a ‘normal’ life with a traditional family, Marlene doesn’t understand why Maria isn’t grateful for having learned all the tricks of the trade in a film studio instead having had to go to school.

Icons-Season at St. James Studio 03-25 January 2015.With so much information available about Marlene and the immense following she has, any writer has to tread carefully when presenting her in a piece, but the play has been approved by Marlene’s estate. And indeed, Louw’s work portrays the old lady and her daughter rather well. It is nice to see Louw picking up details such as Marlene’s nickname Massie that was used within her family. Marlene’s quirkiness also provides a lot of humour. For example, when Maria suggests listening to some music, the cassette Marlene hands her plays nothing but applause. ’24 curtain calls’, Marlene informs her. Maria reaches for the ‘Stop’ button. There are funny moments in the production, especially for those who are in the know and get the references. Elizabeth Counsell and Moira Brooker also capture the typical mother-daughter relationship with much understanding, for instance, when Marlene changes the subject when she is uncomfortable with it or when Maria explains ‘Yes, I know’ when Marlene tells her a story that she has heard a million times before.

Elizabeth Counsell’s portrayal of the aging Marlene is wisely drawn from Maximilian Schell’s 1984 documentary about Marlene, in which she refuses to be on camera. He was just left with her voice, which reveals her temper as well as her vulnerabilities. Counsell’s tone is very convincing and her repeated use of the word ‘Quatsch’ (translates as ‘rubbish’) makes her very authentic. Moira Brooker shows Maria as a very kind and patient person, although there is certainly more to her.

Director Tony Milner has created a sound production, which explores the complex relationship of these two challenging characters. However, it’s puzzling why Marlene would wear a glamorous black scarf around her neck and why would she choose to sing ‘Falling in Love Again’ to herself when she hated that song more than any other? Maybe it is a concession to the audience as, after all, that’s the song she is most associated with. Luckily, Marlene also remembers the song ‘The Boys in the Backroom’ with the famous lines “And when I die, don’t pay the preacher / For speaking of my glory and my fame”. It never loses its poignancy as she remains a fascinating and much-talked about woman. I am sure Miss Dietrich does not regret that.

By Sabine Schereck





Listen again: 23rd December 2014 – Queer’Say Highlights from July

30 12 2014
Cat Brogan

Poet Cat Brogan

Out In South London and Apples and Snakes present ‘Queer’Say’, a showcase for queer spoken word hosted by Rosie Wilby. After their performance, Rosie speaks to each artist about their work, life and writing and invites the audience to ask questions. In this second event Jasmine Ann Cooray, Nick Field and Cat Brogan shared the stage at the Canada Water Culture Space on 4th July 2014.

Jasmine Ann Cooray has recently been awarded a BBC Performing Arts Fellowship. Previously she was a writer in residence at the National University of Singapore. Besides working on her first collection of poems, she is also training to be a psychotherapist. Her presented poems include ‘Solar’, ‘True Colours’, ‘Fake Tan’ and ‘Tidy’.

Nick Field is a theatre and performance maker, writer and musician. He performed at Glastonbury this year and runs creative writing workshops for IdeasTap. He presents a piece that explores the science within love and the inexplicable within it.

Cat Brogan is a BBC Edinburgh Fringe Poetry Slam Winner and performed at Latitude Festival. She works as Spoken Word Educator at a school in London and was involved in the Occupy London movement. Her presented poems include ‘Pairing Socks’ and draw on her experiences of growing up in Northern Ireland, deal with education and living life to the full.

Here are the highlights together with the Q&As that could not be included in the broadcast on 23rd December 2014. The recording is divided into three chapters:

Listen again to Jasmine Ann Cooray

Listen again to Nick Field

Listen again to Cat Brogan

 





Listen again: 16th December 2014

18 12 2014

pi62fd7b913e406ec5@largeRosie has Green Carnation Prize winner Anneliese Mackintosh on the phone, who is in Manchester and offers us an insight into ‘Any Other Mouth’, her collection of short stories. Anneliese tells us that she originally wrote the stories for herself as she did not expect ‘Any Other Mouth’ to be published. It was a means to deal with the past and the first time that she wrote about herself. After having dealt with a trauma in a ‘painfully honest’ way, she now works on a new book, which focuses on keeping the newly gained balance in life. ‘Any Other Mouth’ is published by Freight Books.

Anne Crump and Isabel Toms-Whittle from the lesbian drama group ‘Not So Lovelies’ share how the group evolved out of their work at the Drill Hall, which is now a venue used by RADA. Having lost their performance space, they decided that they wanted to continue performing lesbian drama. ‘Tales of Love, Lost and Found’ is an evening of storytelling and their first production. They also discuss the lesbian scene in south London and by presenting the show in Croydon, they hope to enrich it. ‘Tales of Love, Lost and Found’ is upstairs at the Spread Eagle in Croydon on 7th February 2015.

Brendan Nash reviews Alan Cumming’s family memoir ‘Not My Father’s Son’. Brendan explains that Alan Cumming’s ‘Not My Father’s Son’ alternates between the year 2010, when Cumming was filming ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’, and his childhood memories. Brendan highly recommends reading the book for its fantastic examination of life, but he also enjoyed getting an insight into the production process of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’. He describes Cumming’s tone of writing as subtly camp, very self-depricating, but also funny. He also says that we learn that Cumming is a survivor and that he decided early on in life not to worry about shame. ‘Not My Father’s Son’ is published in the UK by Canongate.

Writers Jon Bradfield and Martin Hooper present their latest adult pantomime ‘Treasure Island – The Curse of the Pearl Necklace’. Jon reveals that they started working on the book in May and that they read R. L. Stevenson’s original in preparation for it. They also point out that this year it is actually a LGBT pantomime, in which lesbian, gay, bi and transgender characters are represented. For example, there is a transgender merman, who narrates the story. They are also proud that the show contains self-penned songs. ‘Treasure Island – The Curse of the Pearl Necklace’ runs at Above the Stag until 10th January 2015.

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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) Sheila Simmonds: ‘Sheila Simmonds’ Christmas in D Major’ from the album “Hashtags & Handbags”

2) Lea DeLaria: Santa Claus is Coming to Town’ from the album “Be a Santa”

3) Marlene Dietrich: ‘Candles Glowing’ from the album “Falling in Love Again – The Marlene Dietrich Collection”

4) Miss Hope Springs: ‘By the Fire’ from the album “Now It’s Christmas Time”





Listen again: 9th December 2014

12 12 2014
Comedian Iszi Lawrence

Comedian Iszi Lawrence with her show ‘The Z List Dead List’

Rosie speaks over the phone to playwright and producer Dylan Costello. Dylan is currently running an Indiegogo Campaign to support his play The Glass Protégé. The play is set in 1940s Hollywood and features a romance between two actors and the way it is affected by the Hollywood Studio system. Dylan says that he was inspired to write the play when he was living in Los Angeles a few years ago. The Glass Protégé is produced by Giant Cherry Productions, which focuses on LGBT matters. The play opens in April 2015 at the Park Theatre in Finsbury Park.

Cabaret duo Bourgeois & Maurice has teamed up with Scottee for their ‘Kristmas Karaoke’. Bourgeois & Maurice alias George Heyworth and Liv Morris share how they met Scottee in Soho many years ago and the work they have done with him since. They also reveal that their song ‘Make Life Better’, which they played live in the studio, was written for Scottee’s wedding in October. The duo is in the process of writing a musical and besides their ‘Kristmas Karaoke with Scottee’ at the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club on 15th December, they also perform on 18th December at the new venue The Glory with drag artist Jonny Woo and his show ‘Hallelujah with Jonny Woo’.

Rosie discusses the challenging Christmas period with Psychologist Ronete Cohen with regards to coming out, loneliness and break-ups. Ronete advises to be prepared in the sense that it is good to know what can be expected during the season, to have someone to confide in and finding a diversion to steer away from subjects one does not feel comfortable with. Ronete offers more advice via her websites Ronete Cohen Therapy and Rainbow Couch.

Comedian Iszi Lawrence talks about ‘The Z List Dead List’, her comedy show about obscure characters from history. Iszi explains what motivated her to set up ‘The Z List Dead List’, which is not only a comedy show, but also a podcast. She also points out that her bisexual orientation is also addressed in her shows to avoid misconception and ‘disappointment’. Iszi’s next performance of ‘The Z List Dead List’ is on 14th December at the Camden Comedy Club at The Camden Head.

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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) Bourgeois & Maurice: ‘Goodbye Europe’ from the album “The Third”

2) Bourgeois & Maurice: ‘Make Life Better’

3) K Anderson: ‘New Year’








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