Written by Harvey Fierstein, Casa Valentina is a play based on a 1960s cross-dressing colony who would meet in the picturesque Catskill Mountains of New York. Cast member Ben Deery pops in to speak to Rosie before dashing down the road to Southwark Playhouse to take to the stage (hopefully not in his high heels!). The show runs until 10 October.
Fathomless Riches, The Revd Richard Coles’ memoir about his journey from pop to pulpit, has just been released in paperback. We chat to him over the phone about meeting Jimmy Somerville via the London gay scene, forming the Communards and having a huge hit single in 1986, and an eventual transformation from hedonism to Christianity.
Award winning author Bill Rosenfield joins us ahead of the world premiere of his play 46 Beacon at Islington’s The Hope Theatre next month. This coming out and coming-of-age play is set in 1970s America and revolves around the story of visiting British actor Robert, played by Matthew Baldwin, previously seen in The Act at Oval House. Bill has lived in London with his husband since 2002 and writes the annual New York Drama Desk Awards ceremony.
Katie Bennett-Hall, co-founder of LBQ women’s lifestyle website Planet London and their new production company Planet M, tells us about their forthcoming web series She’s in London due for release on 27 September. Katie, who has written the series, is joined by musician Miri who, in her first official acting role, plays lead character Theo.
For rights reasons the music is not on the podcast, but here’s what we played on the live show:
1) Shatter Effect: Afraid from the album We Are Warriors
2) The Communards: Don’t Leave Me this Way from the album Communards
3) MIRI: Broken City from the EP Rare Acoustic Sessions
4) MIRI: Make You Smile