Listen again: 10th February 2015

Geoffrey Streatfeild (Daniel) and Julian Ovenden (John) in  My Night With Reg.  Photo: Johan Persson

Daniel (Geoffrey Streatfeild) and John (Julian Ovenden) at Guy’s party in My Night With Reg
Photo: Johan Persson

After two sell-out runs at Hampstead Theatre, the hit play Di and Viv and Rose is now enjoying a West End run at the Vaudeville Theatre. Rosie and journalist Laura Macdougall look at the play’s hilarious and heartbreaking portrayal of female friendship. Laura was absolutely taken by the play that starts in the 1980s when the girls share a flat in their student days. She particularly loved the way author Amelia Bullmore had written the individual characters. Di and Viv and Rose runs at the Vaudeville Theatre until 23rd May.

Cucumber, Russell T Davies’ latest depiction of contemporary gay male life currently showing weekly on Channel 4, has been heralded by the Guardian as the ‘television event of the week’, while the Arts Desk has criticised it as ‘bizarrely traumatic’. Our culture critic Wendy Baverstock found Cucumber lacking depth. She much preferred its sister-series Banana on e4 which is tighter, shorter and includes more female characters.

When Kevin Elyot penned My Night with Reg – about a group of gay men living and loving in the 1980s – the UK was in the grip of an AIDS crisis and there was no such thing as equal marriage. Robert Hastie’s revival twenty years later at the Donmar Warhouse is receiving 5-star reviews across the board. The production has now transferred to the Apollo Theatre, where writer Clayton Littlewood saw it for us. Clayton very much admired the dialogue, the structure and the acting. He highly recommends it and hopes to see the production again. My Night with Reg runs at the Apollo Theatre until 11th April.

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

1) Girlboy: Jennifer Lawrence

2) Awna Teixeira: Yellow Moon from the album Wild One

3) David Bowie: Starman from the album Best of Bowie

4) DJ BPM & Benten: Dubship – for Resonance’s fundraising drive

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