Listen again: 26 May 2015

28 05 2015
Clouds of Sils MariaRosie talks to film critic, screenwriter and blogger Martha Margetson who reviews Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas for us. The film stars Juliette Binoche as a stage actor at the peak of her international career and Kristen Stewart as her enigmatic assistant. Martha and Rosie discuss the performances, the beautiful backdrop of mountains and cloud formations and the parallel meanings and levels of the drama – is life imitating art or the other way round? Our next guest, Qazi Rahman, also saw and loved the film.

Qazi Rahman takes time out of his busy schedule at King’s College London to join us in the studio. He has published over 50 highly cited scientific articles on the biological basis of sexual orientation, gender nonconformity, and LGBT mental health and was co-author of the 2005 popular science book Born Gay. He is currently working on new research to address the crisis in mental health among LGBT people (who suffer twice the rates of poor mental health and suicide risk compared to heterosexual people). They discuss Qazi’s involvement in last year’s occasionally rather heated Guardian panel debate Born That Way: Is There a Gay Gene and Should It Matter? with Julie Bindel, Patrick Strudwick and Stella Duffy. Interestingly, he also ponders whether our adoption of more heteronormative structures actively discourages diversity within our own community.

Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage by Robin Soans looks at the life of Welsh international rugby player Gareth Thomas, and the impact that coming out had on his family, career, and his hometown, Bridgend. Co-produced by Out of Joint, National Theatre Wales and the Arcola Theatre, it combines verbatim accounts from Gareth Thomas himself and residents of the South Wales town. The play touches down at the Arcola Theatre until 20 June and James Waygood aka Grumpy Gay Critic gives us his thoughts. Being a Welsh gay rugby fan himself, James absolutely loves it and awards five stars however thinks that it would appeal to anyone, rugby fan or not. He also tells us about his forthcoming charity bike ride.

26 May 15 by Outinsouthlondon on Mixcloud

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

1) Le Fil: The Future is Now from the EP Pop Sculpture

2) SOAK: Blud from the album Before We Forgot How to Dream

3) The Irrepressibles: Ship from the album Nude (Landscape)

4) Alice DiMicele: Ripple from the album Swim





Listen again: 19 May 2015

21 05 2015
David Hoyle in Abracadabra Photo: Holly Revell

David Hoyle in Abracadabra
Photo: Holly Revell

Rosie speaks to self proclaimed ‘cabaret terrorist’ David Hoyle over the phone from Manchester ahead of the final climactic date, on 28 May, of his current Abracadabra season at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club – a change of scene for him from the RVT where he returns later in the year. He has taken over the venue for five completely different magical evenings of alternative performance, protest, laughter and song, promising that ‘patriarchy will be sawn in half’. He also tells us about a forthcoming collaboration with Bourgeois & Maurice at Soho Theatre. It’s called Middle of the Road and runs from 3-13 June.

We spoke to writer and director Glenn Chandler, creator of TV series Taggart, last year about his stage adaptation of Sandel. His new musical Fanny and Stella: The Shocking True Story is on at Above the Stag until 14 June and is based on the real life trial of two young men who dressed as women in Victorian Britain. Glenn tells us about how – even though he had vowed never to do another musical – this story particularly lent itself to the format as Fanny and Stella themselves were performers. Numbers include Sodomy on the Strand and Has Anybody Seen My Fanny?

David Robson, of Wandsworth LGBT Forum and Out at Clapham events, and Tom Barrie of Crouch End’s ArtHouse Cinema, where they host regular GLAM (gays, lesbians and movies) nights, discuss the importance of celebrating queer film and the experience of watching together as a community. They discuss Brazilian / German film Futuro Beach which recently screened at Clapham Picture House and is on in Crouch End on 27 May. It’s preceded by BFI Flare favourite Regarding Susan Sontag on 23 May.

19 May 2015 by Outinsouthlondon on Mixcloud

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

1) Queen: A Kind of Magic from the album A Kind of Magic

2) Bourgeois & Maurice: Goodbye Europe from the album The Third

3) David Bowie: Heroes from the album Heroes

4) Viola Wills: If You Could Read My Mind from the album If You Could Read My Mind

5) Juliette Gréco: Sous Le Ciel De Paris from the album Sous Le Ciel De Paris





Listen again: 12 May 2015

15 05 2015
Christopher Green with his show The Singing Hypnotist

Christopher Green with his show     The Singing Hypnotist             Photo: Tom L Russell

Rosie chats to multi-award-winning performer Christopher Green, who is the creator of comedy characters Tina C and Ida Barr. A brand new performance, The Singing Hypnotist, premieres at The Albany from 13-16 May, after an intensive research period which saw Christopher undergoing three years of training in clinical hypnotherapy. He breaks down the mystique about how hypnotism works and is the first to use singing as a technique onstage. He also has a new Tina C show Herstory on at Brighton Fringe from 27-29 May, a Radio 4 series and book and appears as Ida Barr (on a line up including a certain Rosie Wilby!) at Queens of Comedy in Soho on 21 May. He talks about how swiftly he can move easily from one character to another, sometimes at the same gig.

Arthouse cabaret duo Project Adorno perform a live song and discuss their touring show Jarman in Pieces, which visits Westminster Reference Library on 14 May and Watford Central Library on 18 June. An Edinburgh Fringe success last year, it’s an ambient, electro-pop celebration of Derek Jarman, the multifaceted artist and activist who died twenty-one years ago. The show features voices of colleagues, relatives and friends including the artist Andrew Logan and photos of Jarman’s beloved Dungeness, where he settled later in life.

Katie Bennett-Hall, co-founder of Planet London listings and lifestyle website for LBQ women, reviews On Elizabeth Bishop. This ‘powerful, unorthodox study’ of the poet’s work and life is written by Colm Toibin, who we discussed last year ahead of a London run of his play The Testament of Mary. Elizabeth Bishop, meanwhile, was portrayed in the 2013 Brazilian film Reaching for the Moon. Katie found that the book gave some interesting insights into her work and process yet rather skipped over her years in Brazil so recommended the film as a good companion piece. She also tells us about the latest venture in her Ultimate Planet universe – a brand new lesbian web series entitled She’s in London, which they are currently raising funds for.

12 May 2015 by Outinsouthlondon on Mixcloud

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

1) Le Fil: The Future is Now from the EP Pop Sculpture

2) Project Adorno (featuring Andrew Logan): Alternative Miss World

3) Project Adorno (featuring Peter Logan): Super-8 for the Over-Forties (on the podcast)

4) ME and Deboe: Glass Face from the EP Here They Come

5) MIRI: Smile





Listen again: 5 May 2015

6 05 2015
Adam Rhys-Davies and Julie Atherton in Shock Treatment Photo: Peter Langdown

Adam Rhys-Davies and Julie Atherton in the musical Shock Treatment
Photo: Peter Langdown

Rosie meets Benji Sperring who is directing the world stage premiere of Richard O’Brien’s sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment. He talks about the characters they had to cut in order to focus the story, notably Bert Schnick originally played by Barry Humphries, whilst also wanting to keep fans happy. Described as a ‘mad little triumph’ by Time Out, you can catch the production at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre until 6 June.

Author and comedian VG Lee reveals what she has in store for her performance at Rosie’s annual cabaret event, Femmes by the Thames, which takes place on 13 May on Battersea Barge. Val has been busy on tour with Paul Burston’s Polari literary salon in recent months whilst working on her fifth novel to follow up the Stonewall Writer of the Year nominated Always You, Edina. In typical witty fashion, she muses on getting grumpier as she gets older and tells us about her friends and neighbours who appear as regular characters in her column for The Lady magazine.

Multi-talented Abigail Tarttelin appeared on the show in late 2013 to discuss her novel Golden Boy. She tells us about her feminist band Girlboy, a collaboration with singer-songwriter and friend Michael Reeve, and we hear their single Jennifer Lawrence. The pair bonded at school when they both felt like odd ones out. Abigail has been sending Michael lyrics ever since and both of them enjoy an alternative creative outlet. Abigail’s debut novel Flick is about to be relaunched.

Closer to Heaven, the musical written by Jonathan Harvey and the Pet Shop Boys, is enjoying a first ever London revival at Union Theatre from now until 23 May. The original production premiered at the Arts Theatre in 2001 and featured the story of Dave, who arrives in Soho from Ireland and quickly becomes part of an unconventional family. Actor and culture critic Denholm Spurr attended press night yet didn’t feel his expectations were met and that the script could have done with a few rewrites.

5 May 2015 by Outinsouthlondon on Mixcloud

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

1) Soak: Sea Creatures from the album Before We Forgot How to Dream

2) Cliff De Young, Patricia Quinn: Shock Treatment from the soundtrack of Shock Treatment

3) Girlboy: Jennifer Lawrence

4) Paul Keating, Tom Walker: Closer to Heaven from the original cast recording of Closer to Heaven

5) Annabelle Chvostek: This Night from the album Be the Media





Listen again: 28 April 2015

30 04 2015
Duck feather dress by Alexander McQueen as featured in the V&A exhibition 'Savage Beauty' Photo: firstVIEW

Duck feather dress by Alexander McQueen shown at the V&A exhibition Savage Beauty; Model: Magdalena Frackowiak Photo: firstVIEW

Actors Jonny Dickens and Lewis Rae from the cast of Rise Like a Phoenix join us for a fleeting visit to discuss Emelion Daly’s new play. At a get-together, it shows how five HIV positive men cope with the illness. Despite dealing with HIV, Jonny and Lewis explain that it is a comedy at heart. They also reveal the impact the play has had on audiences so far. Rise Like a Phoenix runs at Above the Stag theatre until 3 May.

Ben Walters, former Cabaret editor at Time Out, is now involved with the RVT Future campaign. While talking about the importance of the campaign in the light of the recent closure of many of London’s historic LGBT spaces, he also relays a fabulous tale from the venue’s colourful history – when Freddie Mercury took a heavily-disguised Lady Di to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern. David Mills also contributes to what becomes a rather heated debate.

However harmony is restored in the studio when they all rapturously praise Savage Beauty, the V&A’s retrospective of the work of the late designer Alexander McQueen. Comedian David Mills took a closer look for us and describes this immensely impressive immersive experience. He was particularly taken by the way fashion was presented as performance art. Savage Beauty is on at the Victoria & Albert Museum until 2 August.

28 April 2015 by Outinsouthlondon on Mixcloud

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

1) Dean Jones/Company: Company from the Original Broadway Cast Recording of Company

2) Queen: My Fairy King from the album Queen

3) David Bowie: Sue (or in a Season of Crime) from the album Nothing Has Changed

4) Sylvester: You Make Me Feel from the album Step II





Listen again: 21 April 2015

22 04 2015

h2h5u_mxWhat are the issues concerning LGBT voters in the run-up to the general election? David Robson, Chair of Wandsworth LGBT Forum, tells us about his forthcoming Vauxhall Question Time event taking place on 23 April at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern  with a panel including representatives of Labour, Conservative, Liberal Democrat and Green Parties. Writer and DJ Stewart Who also limbers up for his role as the Dimbleby figure overseeing proceedings on the night. They particularly discuss the uncertain future of the RVT itself and the erosion of so much gay history across London, as well as what questions have been submitted for the event.

Rosie spoke over the phone to playwright Dylan Costello in December about his plans to put on a London run of his play The Glass Protégé. Now that the production has opened at Park Theatre, where it runs until 9 May, he joins us live in the studio with his director Matthew Gould. The Glass Protégé is set in 1940s Hollywood and features a romance between two actors. Dylan discusses how bulging the Hollywood closet was back then and still is. Matthew describes how they rehearsed the play’s dual time frames, with the two separate casts not seeing each other for much of the process.

Choreographer Joseph Mercier, of the company PanicLab, tells us about his new show R.I.O.T. which comes to Stratford Circus on 30 April / 1 May and The Place on 27 May. R.I.O.T. was inspired by the student protests in Westminster Square and involves four performers playing superheroes caught in a series of personal and political conflicts. He contemplates the idea of political agency and how he felt he couldn’t be a superhero when he was standing overlooking Parliament Square and couldn’t reach his students who were trapped in the kettle. Also, he describes how they mixed performance genres, media and graphics to make the feel of a comic book become three-dimensional.

21 April 2015 by Outinsouthlondon on Mixcloud

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

1) Alexander Geist: Malediction

2) Frank Sinatra: I’ve Got You Under My Skin from the album Songs for Swingin’ Lovers! 

3) Gem Andrews: Vancouver from the album Vancouver

4) Nelson Riddle: Shades of Smolensic from Batman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (1966)

5) Soft Cell: Tainted Love from the album Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret





Listen again: 14 April 2015

19 04 2015
1980s badges (Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive, Bishopsgate Institute Archive)

1980s badges (Lesbian and Gay Newsmedia Archive, Bishopsgate Institute Archive)

Rosie chats to Colin Clews, author of the blog Gay in the 80s, ahead of an event taking place at the Bishopsgate Institute on 21st April. LGBT London in the 1980s – The Media and the ‘Loony Left’ sees Colin and fellow speaker Linda Bellos OBE, who was leader of Lambeth Council during the late 80s, discussing the experiences of gay people living in the UK in this decade. He talks about his own coming out and first Pride marches as well as the media coverage at the time of HIV and AIDS.

Performance poet and writer Hannah Chutzpah tells us what she has in store for her appearance at Queer’Say at Tate Modern on 19 April. Her 2014 Edinburgh show Asking Nicely received a 5-star review from Three Weeks, a run during which her debut poetry pamphlet Alchemy, Treasure and Butterfly Wings was launched. She performs two poems, Permission and No Little Words.

Erik Tomlin and Chris Doyle of London Gay Symphonic Winds pop in to explain why the group, currently celebrating its 10th year, has decided to embrace all things geek with a host of sci-fi and game themes and costumes (plus a Tardis cake!) for their upcoming concert Geek on 18 April at St Sepulchre-without-Newgate. They pick out their personal favourites from an array of Star Trek, Doctor Who, Disney and more.

14 April 2015 by Outinsouthlondon on Mixcloud

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

1) Bronski Beat: Smalltown Boy from the album The Age of Consent

2) Paula Varjack: Dear Straight Girl from the EP Always Back Somewhere

3) Perfume Genius: All Along from the album Too Bright

4) Faye Patton: All Around Town from the album Dangerous Loving








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