Listen again: 21 April 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.

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

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