Listen again: 26 April 2016

Danni Nicholls

Danni Nicholls

Rosie and playwright Ian Dixon Potter discuss his unconventional love story Boy Stroke Girl which has a run at The Tristan Bates Theatre from 30 May – 4 June.

Americana singer-songwriter Danni Nicholls performs a live song from her new album Mockingbird Lane, ahead of her UK tour dates.

Rosie also catches up with poet, former opera singer and fellow Resonance FM host Richard Scott to look ahead to his performance at Queer’Say alongside Dean Atta and Rachel Mars at Tate Modern on Sunday 22 May.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Tegan and Sara: Boyfriend from the album Love You to Death
2) Danni Nicholls: Feel Again from the album Mockingbird Lane
3) Danni Nicholls: Beautifully Broken from the album Mockingbird Lane (live – on the podcast)
4) Paula Varjack: Dear Straight Girl from the album Always Back Somewhere
5) Danni Nicholls: Look up at the Moon from the album Mockingbird Lane

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Listen again: 19 April 2016

Screen shot 2016-04-27 at 22.35.07Matt Williams guest hosts while Rosie is away filming her documentary.

He talks to George Savvides who stars in Jay Paul Deratany’s play Haram Iran, which runs at Above the Stag until 1 May.

Matt is also joined in the studio by Surrey singer songwriter Chloe Ray, who performs a live song from her debut EP The Waiting Room and tells us about her recent performances in New York.

Stewart Who is back, this time to review The House of in Between at Theatre Royal Stratford East. The play is on until 30 April.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Tegan and Sara: Boyfriend from the album Love You to Death
2) Josef Salvat: Paradise from the album Night Swim
3) Chloe Ray: Someone Good from the album The Waiting Room
4) Chloe Ray: New York from the album The Waiting Room (live – on the podcast)
5) Chloe Ray: The Waiting Room from the album The Waiting Room
6) Brendan Maclean: Hugs Not Drugs (or Both)

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Listen again: 12 April 2016

In-the-Bar-of-a-Tokyo-Hotel-8691Rosie speaks to Robert Chevara, director of a rare production of Tennessee Williams’ In the Bar of a Tokyo Hotel at Charing Cross Theatre running until 14 May. Writer Clayton Littlewood reports back from the previous evening’s press night and joins them in conversation about this lesser-known Williams piece.

Rosie also hears from artist and illustrator Jane Moore, who talks about her Sketch a Day project and the Winter Pride Art Awards. In 2014 Jane drew a sketch every single day for a year. The project was featured at the awards and at an exhibition in Hackney Wick in early 2015. This year, she’ll be offering free life drawing classes during the Winter Pride Exhibition which runs from 15 -23 April.

Writer and DJ Stewart Who reviews Above The Stag’s new production Haram Iran.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Case Lang Veirs: Best Kept Secret from the album Case Lang Veirs
2) Kate Tempest: Bad Place for a Good Time
3) John Grant: Voodoo Doll from the album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
4) Danni Nichols: Feel Again from the album Mockingbird Lane

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Listen again: 5 April 2016

Peggy Shaw in Ruff

Peggy Shaw in Ruff  – Image: Michael Conti

Rosie chats to writer, actor and producer Peggy Shaw, best known as a co-founder of Split Britches theatre company whose latest show Ruff is on at the Barbican from 14-16 April.

Writer Cherry Potts also discusses her new lesbian fantasy epic, The Dowry Blade.

Photographer Tom Dingley joins them to talk about Outcome, a project created to shine a light on LGBT personal histories by taking a photo of people holding a picture of themselves as a child. The photos will be collated in a book due for release later this year.

Siobhan Fahey, Harri Shanahan and Whitney Bluzma found time for a chat at BFI Flare, where their documentary Rebel Dykes screened as a work-in-progress.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Danni Nicholls: Long Road Home from the album Mockingbird Lane
2) Patrick Wolf: The Magic Position from the album The Magic Position
3) Bourgeois and Maurice: Goodbye Europe from the album The Third
4) Amelia White: Home Sweet Hotel from the album Home Sweet Hotel

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Listen again: 16 February 2016

Parker_DVD.inddRosie and Matt Williams co-host a special fundraiser show for Resonance FM.

They chat on the phone to Martin Lewton who performs in Mirando The Gay Tempest, a one-man nude version of The Tempest. It ran at the Lion and Unicorn until 5 March.

Dancer/performer Nando Messias talks about his show The Sissy’s Progress which is on at Horniman Museum in London on 12 May.

Rosie and Matt also discuss the film Freeheld starring Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:

1) Courtney Barnett: Avant Gardener from the EP A Sea of Split Peas 
2) Amelia White: Home Sweet Hotel from the album Home Sweet Hotel
3) Cat Power: Werewolf  from the album You Are Free
4) Boys Forever: Poisonous
5) Owen Pallett: In Conflict from the album In Conflict
6) Bright Light Bright Light featuring Ana Matronic: Good Luck from the album Life is Hard: The Remixes
7) David Bowie: Rebel Rebel from the album Diamond Dogs

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Out in South London Highlights

Rosie with author Armistead Maupin

Rosie with author Armistead Maupin

We have made some highlights of our archive (including kd lang, Armistead Maupin and Sarah Waters) available here: http://www.acast.com/queersay

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Review: I Loved Lucy

Sandra Dickinson and Matthew Bunn in I Loved Lucy photo: Scott Rylander

Sandra Dickinson and Matthew Bunn in I Loved Lucy – photo: Scott Rylander

A gay man’s attachment to his idol. A star whose fame is slipping away. Loneliness. Rejection. These are the themes on show in I Loved Lucy, a two-hander based on Lee Tannen’s autobiography, which recounts his friendship with the American actress and comedienne Lucille Ball in the last decade of her life. Currently playing at the Jermyn Street Theatre it stars Sandra Dickinson as Ball and Matthew Bunn as Tannen.

Whilst the acting is impressive, Dickinson’s Ball in particular, the play lacks drive, and although it picks up in the second half, important details of Ball’s life are overlooked. There is a good play to be written about Ball’s life, and perhaps a more in depth study on when her stardom fades. But sadly this only skims the surface.

I Loved Lucy runs at the Jermyn Street Theatre until 27 February.

Clayton Littlewood

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