Listen again: 16th September 2014

CK Scott Moncrieff Rosie welcomes culture reporter Laura Macdougall who reviews the play ‘Breeders’, in which a lesbian couple tries to have a baby. Laura thought that the use of comedy to explore this difficult, complicated and emotional issue was good as it avoided the sense of ‘being lectured’. However, the downside was that some ideas, such as the one of collective parenting, were not explored enough. In the play, the key point is that the child should also be a biological part of the family and the brother is asked to provide the sperm. His girl friend is skeptical about the whole affair. Laura found her character particularly interesting and recommends the play. ‘Breeders’ runs at St James Theatre until 4th October 2014.

Author Julie Bindel talks about her book ‘Straight Expectations’, in which she traces the developments in the gay community in the last forty years and asks if actual progress has been achieved. Julie explains where the idea for ‘Straight Expectations’ came from and points out that society should change in a way that would allow people be themselves rather than the homosexual community trying to conform to heterosexual norms such as weddings. She considers, for example, the community being ‘straighten up’ by marriage.

We hear from Jean Findlay who wrote a biography about C. K. Scott Moncrieff called ‘Chasing Lost Time: The Life of C. K. Scott Moncrieff: Soldier, Spy and Translator’. He is best known for his translation of Marcel Proust’s ‘À la recherche du temps perdu’. Out In South London producer Sabine Schereck spoke to Jean about her great-great-uncle’s adventurous life. During her research, she discovered that he was not only a soldier in the First World War, but also a spy in 1920s Italy and a poet. She describes in which way his homosexual sensibility was of advantage to him when translating Proust – considering Proust himself was gay – and later as a spy. Scott Moncrieff was also a prolific writer of letters and having unearthed the exchange of letters between him and Vyvyan Holland, Oscar Wilde’s son, offered a new insight in his life. ‘Chasing Lost Time’ is published by Chatto & Windus.

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

1) Rufus Wainwright: ‘Tiergarten’ from the album “The Best of Rufus Wainwright – Vibrate”

2) Ani DiFranco: ‘Mariachi’ from the album “Which Side Are You On?”

3) Noel Coward ‘Mad Dogs and Englishmen’ from the album “Mad Dogs and Englishmen”

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