Listen again: 20 September 2016

matthew-toddStewart Who’s studio guest is editorial director of Attitude magazine, Matthew Todd, who asks in his new book Straight Jacket whether gay people are as happy as they could be.

They discuss what it meant growing up in the 1980s and 1990s and the impact the emergence of HIV had on their lives.

Matthew also reveals which subject he struggled most with in the book and explains the change of direction he took with Attitude.

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

1) Sarah Walk: Wake Me Up
2) John Grant: Vodoo Doll from the album Grey Tickles, Black Pressure
3) Judy Garland: But Not For Me from the album Carrying the Torch 
4) Elton John: Bennie and the Jets from the album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

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Listen again: 13 September 2016

Timberlina

Timberlina

Stewart Who speaks over the phone to Zodwa Nyoni about her play Nine Lives, which addresses the difficulties LGBT asylum seekers face in the UK. The one-man-show is on at Stratford Circus Arts Centre on 27 September 2016.

Andrew Ellerby talks about programming the queer arts festival And What?, which offers ‘130+ performers, 25 events and 36 experiences’ from 14 to 25 September.

London’s favourite drag-lady Timberlina is also part of the festival and she tells us about her unusual tour of the Geffrye Museum on 8 and 9 October.

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

1) Pansy Division: Smells Like Queer Spirit from the album Pile Up
2) Sylvester: Dance (Disco Heat)
3) Boy George: My Star from the album This Is What I Do
4) Stewart Who: Disco Dealer from the album Thru the K-Hole

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Listen again: 6 September 2016

threadsMatt Williams speaks over the phone to poet and comedian Jackie Hagan ahead of her appearance at Queer’Say at Rich Mix on 9 September. Jackie lost her leg a couple of years ago and tours an award-winning solo show featuring her stump dressed as various celebrities.

Matt also reviews Theo & Hugo, winner of this year’s Teddy Award at Berlin’s International Film Festival.

Nathan Evans talks about his poetry collection Threads, which he presents at Gay’s the Word on 22 September and is published by Inkandescent. He also tells us what it was like being part of BBC 4’s All Together Now: The Great Orchestra Challenge with the London Gay Symphonic Orchestra. The LGSO can be heard live again on 16 October 2016 at St Sepulchre Without Newgate. The concert includes Benjamin Britten’s Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes – parts of the piece also feature in Britten in Brooklyn, which runs at Wilton’s Music Hall until 17 September. Nathan saw the the play for us and reports back.

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

1) Saila feat. Kelli-Leigh: Sun Token
2) Frank Ocean: Self Control from the album Blonde
3) Nathan Evans: Suspended Animation
4) London Symphony Orchestra: Dawn from 4 Sea interludes from Peter
Grimes
 by Benjamin Britten
5) Sia feat. Kendrick Lamar: The Greatest
6) Sons of Sonics feat. Mel C: Numb from the album Version of Me

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Listen again: 30 August 2016

David Hoyle

David Hoyle

DJ and writer Stewart Who chats to cabaret critic, campaigner and man of many talents Ben Walters who has produced The Prime of Ms David Hoyle which is on at Chelsea Theatre from 14-25 September. Both also discuss what it meant for them to grow up in the 1980s and 90s and the importance of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for the LGBT community.

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

1) Frank Ocean: Pink and White from the album Blonde
2) MNEK: Wrote a Song About You from the album Small Talk

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Queer’Say August 2016

Sophia Blackwell

Sophia Blackwell

Highlights of Queer’Say presented by Out in South London’s Rosie Wilby and recorded at Wilderness Festival on 5 August. Rosie introduced live spoken word sets from Sophia Blackwell and Hannah Chutzpah before interviewing them onstage. This event was supported by Arts Council England and presented in partnership with Apples and Snakes.

The next Queer’Say events are at Richmix on 9 September and at Hackney Attic on 30 September.

 

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Singing the Blues in California – Review: The Stripper

Gloria Onitiri and Sebastien Torkia in The Stripper photo: David Freeman

Gloria Onitiri and Sebastien Torkia in
The Stripper – photo: David Freeman

Just when you managed to convince a young lady that suicide is not a good idea, she falls off the high-rise anyway. Detective Al Wheeler asks: Why? He was so close to having saved her life.

The St James Studio presents The Stripper, a whodunnit story set in 1960s California, written by Rocky Horror Show creator Richard O’Brien (lyrics), Richard Hartley (music) and Carter Brown (book) in 1985.

Director Benji Sperring knows his Richard O’Brien. Last year he staged to great acclaim Shock Treatment, the 1981 film sequel to the Rocky Horror Show. Now, Sperring has revised The Stripper and, in his tight direction, remains true to the film noir style of the story without compromising its quirkiness.

The eponymous stripper, Dolores, in the Extravaganza Club, is meant to have the answer to Wheeler’s question, but the clues also lead him to a set of bizarre characters such as the owners of a lonely hearts club, Sarah and Jacob Arkwright; their client Harvey Stern, a flamboyant florist; and back to the Extravaganza Club and its dubious owner Miles Rovak.

Sebastian Torkia plays the cool detective with his knowing and witty asides perfectly. Gloria Onitiri as Dolores is someone to watch out for: her stunning voice when she sings the blues with The Lonely Are Legend just grabs you. Hannah Grover, Marc Pickering and Michael Steedon enjoy the lion’s share of the fun delivering a crazy array of characters with great skill and versatility.

The score draws pleasantly on jazz, swing and rock’n’roll. Yet, there are some tunes one has heard elsewhere before.

It’s a highly entertaining production with first class performances throughout on a compact stage by Tim Shortall. There is no doubt that the glitter at the Extravaganza Club may be tinsel, but the production sparkles like a 24-carat diamond.

The Stripper runs at the St James Studio until 13 August 2016.

By Sabine Schereck

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Listen again: 28 June 2016

UH 2434 x 3600 pxRosie speaks to playwright Leigh Douglas about her contemporary coming-of-age fairytale Waking Beauty, which takes a fresh look through a feminist, queer lens at some traditional stories. It’s playing at Ovalhouse from 13 to 15 July.

Film maker Aaron Brookner discusses his film Uncle Howard ahead of a screening at the East End Film Festival, which ran from 23 June to 3 July.

Poet Helen Oakleigh performs live and talks about her piece Why We Need Pride, which she is also turning into a short film.

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

1) Ezra Furman: Body Was Made from the album Perpetual Motion People
2) O’Hooley & Tidow: Shadows from the album Shadows
3) Cyndi Lauper: Misty Blue from the album Detour
4) Annie Keating: Trick Star from the album Trick Star
5) Sarah Walk: Keep on Dreaming from the album

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