Naomi Paxton speaks to the creators of The Blue Hour of Natalie Barney

Sex, affairs and literary wit are at the centre of The Blue Hour of Natalie Barney at the Arcola Theatre. Barney was an American poet who moved to Paris in 1898 and ran a literary salon for over 60 years. She lived an openly lesbian life, counting Romaine Brooks, Renée Vivien and Dolly Wilde  among her many lovers.

Frances Bingham wrote this one-woman-play, which is performed by Amanda Boxer. Naomi Paxton spoke to both after the opening night and discovers how they brought this witty, adventurous and courageous woman to life.

The Blue Hour of Natalie Barney runs at the Arcola Theatre until 11 November and is available as a book.

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