Listen again 30th October 2012

Clare SummerskillRosie welcomes in the studio comedian, performer and writer Clare Summerskill to talk about her latest book ‘Gateway To Heaven’. It was inspired by her play of the same name and tells of Fifty Years of Lesbian and Gay Oral History. The play is based on the memories of 24 older lesbian and gay men. For the book more stories were collected over a period of 10 years, capturing nuggets of social history, which otherwise would be lost. Her main interest lies in how the changes of law affected people’s lives but also in the life of ordinary gay men and lesbians. They also discuss the importance of gay and lesbian clubs at the pre-internet time. You can catch Clare Summerskill live on Saturday 24th November 2012 at the Women of Wessex in Bournemouth and on 7th February 2013 at Teeside University. Also her music gig can be seen on 8th December at the Charterhouse in London.

Entertainment reporter Alex Goldberg went to see for usThe Judas Kissby David Hare. The play stars Rupert Everett in the role of Oscar Wilde, who is torn between his lover Lord Alfred Douglas (Freddie Fox) and the social conventions of the late 19th century. Alex very much enjoyed the show and was especially impressed by Freddie Fox’s performance. With regards to Rupert Everett, knowing that he regretted to have come out, it casts a strange light onto the performance. Nevertheless, the real excitement came after the show, when Alex happened to meet Rupert on the train! The show is currently touring the UK and will open at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End on 9th January 2013.

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

1) John Grant: ‘Sigourney Weaver’ from the album “The Queen Of Denmark”

2) Bridie O’Brien: ‘New Year’s Day’ from the album “Highway Heart”

3) Krystle Warren: ‘Tuesday Morning’ from the album “Love Songs: A Time You May Embrace”

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