Rosie meets Benji Sperring who is directing the world stage premiere of Richard O’Brien’s sequel to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment. Described as a ‘mad little triumph’ by Time Out, you can catch the production at Islington’s King’s Head Theatre until 6 June.
Author and comedian VG Lee reveals what she has in store for her performance at Rosie’s annual cabaret event, Femmes by the Thames, which takes place on 13 May on Battersea Barge. Val has been busy on tour with Paul Burston’s Polari literary salon in recent months whilst working on her fifth novel to follow up the Stonewall Writer of the Year nominated Always You, Edina.
Multi-talented Abigail Tarttelin appeared on the show in late 2013 to discuss her novel Golden Boy. She tells us about her feminist band Girlboy, a collaboration with singer-songwriter and friend Michael Reeve, and we hear their single Jennifer Lawrence.
Closer to Heaven, the musical written by Jonathan Harvey and the Pet Shop Boys, is enjoying a first ever London revival at the Union Theatre from now until 23 May. The original production premiered at the Arts Theatre in 2001 and featured the story of Dave, who arrives in Soho from Ireland and quickly becomes part of an unconventional family. Culture critic Denholm Spurr gives us his take after attending press night.
Rosie chats to multi-award-winning performer Christopher Green, who is the creator of comedy characters Tina C and Ida Barr. A brand new performance The Singing Hypnotist premieres at The Albany from 13-16 May and promises to be ‘part revivalist meeting and part medicine show’. He also has a new Tina C show Herstory on at Brighton Fringe on 27 May and appears as Ida Barr (on a line up including a certain Rosie Wilby!) at Queens of Comedy in Soho on 21 May.
Arthouse cabaret duo Project Adorno discuss their touring show Jarman in Pieces. An Edinburgh Fringe success last year, it’s an ambient, electro-pop celebration of Derek Jarman, the multifaceted artist and activist who succumbed to AIDS twenty-one years ago.
Katie Bennett-Hall, co-founder of Planet London listings and lifestyle website for LBQ women, reviews On Elizabeth Bishop. This ‘powerful, unorthodox study’ of the poet’s work is written by Colm Toibin, who we discussed last year ahead of a London run of his play The Testament of Mary. Elizabeth Bishop meanwhile was brought to life in the 2013 Brazilian film Reaching for the Moon. Katie also tells us about the latest venture in her Ultimate Planet universe – a brand new lesbian web series entitled She’s in London.
Rosie speaks to self proclaimed ‘cabaret terrorist’ David Hoyle over the phone ahead of the final climactic date, on 28 May, of his current Abracadabra season at Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club. 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’.
David Robson, of Wandsworth LGBT Forum and Out at Clapham, 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.
We spoke to writer and director Glenn Chandler, creator of TV series Taggart, last year about his stage adaptation of Sandel. Now he brings the tale of Fanny and Stella to Above the Stag from 13 May – 14 June. In June 2013, we also chatted to writer Neil McKenna about his part-fictionalised account of the real life trial of these two young men who dressed as women in Victorian Britain.
Qazi Rahman takes time out of his busy schedule at King’s College London to join Rosie in the studio. He has published over 50 highly cited scientific articles on the biological basis of sexual orientation, gender nonconformity, and LGBT mental health and was co-author of the 2005 popular science book Born Gay. He is currently working on new research to address the crisis in mental health among LGBT people (who suffer twice the rates of poor mental health and suicide risk compared to heterosexual people).
The play Crouch, Touch, Pause, Engage by Robin Soans looks at the life of Welsh international rugby player Gareth Thomas, and the impact that coming out had on his family, career, and his hometown, Bridgend. Co-produced by Out of Joint, National Theatre Wales and the Arcola Theatre, it combines verbatim accounts from Gareth Thomas himself and residents of the South Wales town. It touches down at the Arcola for a month and James Waygood aka Grumpy Gay Critic will be giving us his thoughts.
DJ and writer Stewart Who reviews McQueen, written by James Phillips (The Rubenstein Kiss) and on at the St James Theatre until 27 June. This new play takes inspiration from the late fashion designer’s astounding runway shows and charts a fantastical night in London. It follows a girl who burgles McQueen’s home to steal a dress and is caught red handed by the designer himself. But instead of phoning the police, he gives her a chance and the two troubled souls go out into the city streets together.
Film critic, screenwriter and blogger Martha Margetson reviews Clouds of Sils Maria by Olivier Assayas, which stars Juliette Binoche as a stage actor at the peak of her international career and Kristen Stewart as her enigmatic assistant. Martha will explore the film’s queer element and discuss similarities with other works that feature women and comment on age, as well as discussing the trope of the obsessive assistant in cinematic history.
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