Listen again: 28 April 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.

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

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