Rosie chats to jazz singer and BBC Radio 2 broadcaster Clare Teal over the phone about her recently released 14th studio album At Your Request, working with Van Morrison on his new Duets collection and an upcoming live show with her mini big band at Proms at St Jude’s, Hampstead Garden Suburb on 27 June. They also talk about staying clean and dry at Glastonbury Festival which is close to where she lives.
Writer Stephen Wyatt tells us about Told Look Younger, his comedy about sex, love, friendship and growing old which is on at the Jermyn Street Theatre until 4 July. It revolves around three gay friends in their sixties and the chaos it causes in all of their relationships when one of them, Colin, becomes involved with a much younger man. Stephen discusses age-gap relationships, how apps have affected gay male dating and the publicity boost of being tweeted by Stephen Fry.
Comedian Andrew Doyle chats about his show Minimalism! which he is taking to Edinburgh Fringe this year and previewing at London Museum of Comedy. He’s also currently collaborating with acclaimed Northern Irish musician Duke Special on an adaptation of Gulliver’s Travels to be produced at Belfast Lyric Theatre in July. He and Rosie explore the perils of arriving in Edinburgh unprepared and whether all comedians are depressed.
Nuala O’Sullivan is a volunteer and Co-Chair of the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard, who have just announced Rosie as one of their new patrons. Nuala tells us what it’s like to volunteer in the phoneroom of the LLGS, how young lesbians seem to prefer instant messaging to phoning and gives us the lowdown on their relaunch gala being held at The Waldorf Hotel this Thursday.
With a theatrical adaptation of Sarah Waters’ Tipping the Velvet due to open at the Lyric Hammersmith this September, the classic sapphic saga is being celebrated at Hackney’s Sutton House on 10 July in slightly more alternative fashion by the team behind The Amy Grimehouse events. Mia Pollak and Alex Menace tell us about their new literary strand Late Night Library Club and this tantalising sounding night of drag kings, music hall, raucous performance and dress up. They also explain why the lesbian scene has moved over to East London in recent years.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:
1) Clare Teal: The Way Young Lovers Do from the album At Your Request
2) Duke Special: Freewheel from the album Adventures in Gramophone
3) Blondie: Call Me from the album American Gigolo
4) Dusty Limits: Reunion from the album Grin