Rosie speaks to self proclaimed ‘cabaret terrorist’ David Hoyle over the phone from Manchester ahead of the final climactic date, on 28 May, of his current Abracadabra season at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club – a change of scene for him from the RVT where he returns later in the year. He has taken over the venue for five completely different magical evenings of alternative performance, protest, laughter and song, promising that ‘patriarchy will be sawn in half’. He also tells us about a forthcoming collaboration with Bourgeois & Maurice at Soho Theatre. It’s called Middle of the Road and runs from 3-13 June.
We spoke to writer and director Glenn Chandler, creator of TV series Taggart, last year about his stage adaptation of Sandel. His new musical Fanny and Stella: The Shocking True Story is on at Above the Stag until 14 June and is based on the real life trial of two young men who dressed as women in Victorian Britain. Glenn tells us about how – even though he had vowed never to do another musical – this story particularly lent itself to the format as Fanny and Stella themselves were performers. Numbers include Sodomy on the Strand and Has Anybody Seen My Fanny?
David Robson, of Wandsworth LGBT Forum and Out at Clapham events, and Tom Barrie of Crouch End’s ArtHouse Cinema, where they host regular GLAM (gays, lesbians and movies) nights, discuss the importance of celebrating queer film and the experience of watching together as a community. They discuss Brazilian / German film Futuro Beach which recently screened at Clapham Picture House and is on in Crouch End on 27 May. It’s preceded by BFI Flare favourite Regarding Susan Sontag on 23 May.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:
1) Queen: A Kind of Magic from the album A Kind of Magic
2) Bourgeois & Maurice: Goodbye Europe from the album The Third
3) David Bowie: Heroes from the album Heroes
4) Viola Wills: If You Could Read My Mind from the album If You Could Read My Mind
5) Juliette Gréco: Sous Le Ciel De Paris from the album Sous Le Ciel De Paris