Rosie talks to journalist and playwright Shaun Kitchener about Positive, ahead of its run at the Park Theatre from 7 July – 1 August. Inspired by true stories, the play revolves around Benji, a twenty something Londoner living with HIV. Shaun tells us about his research methods, the article that originally inspired the play and how he came to be playing the role of one of the love interests.
Trudy Howson tells us about INCITE, the LGBT poetry night she hosts at The Phoenix Arts Club. Trudy has been active on the queer and feminist poetry circuit since the 1970s. She recites a poem about heroes that she wrote for this year’s Pride.
Josh Roche is currently directing the world premiere of A Third by award-winning Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin which has just begun a run in the very intimate surrounds of the Finborough Theatre. This witty play explores the emotional consequences of characters Allison and Paul opening up their relationship. Josh and Rosie discuss how the debate about multiple relationships seems to be opening up and how the dynamic might have been different if the play had centred around a same-sex relationship.
Digital consultant Jo Webber pops in for a chat about the imminent launch of her new app Queer Booth which allows users to give themselves an instant makeover by choosing from a variety of styles including bear, fetish, Victorian, disco and more. She’s holding a launch party on 11 July which you can email her about for info.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:
1) Owen Pallett: In Conflict from the album In Conflict
2) Holly Lerski: Oh Atoms, Oh Molecules from the album The Wooden House
3) Sarah MacDougall: Grand Canyon from the album Grand Canyon
4) Awna Teixeira: Yellow Moon from the album Wild One
5) Rufus Wainwright: San Francisco from the album Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall