It’s not like we need much excuse to talk about the Moomins and their creator, the Finnish writer and illustrator Tove Jansson. Currently out on general release, Moomins on the Riviera is a feature length adaptation of her cartoon strips. Wendy Baverstock joins Rosie in the studio to talk about the latest adventures of Snorkmaiden, Moomin and the entire family.
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.
Psychotherapist, writer, producer, film maker and performer Dr Charlotte Cooper and social worker and musician Kay Hyatt tell us about performing in SWAGGA, ‘a dance crafted out of everyday bullshit, strong wills and trembling flesh’, running at the Yard Theatre from 16-20 June and created by Project O. Both are involved in Fat Activism and perform as the Queercore band Homosexual Death Drive.
Rosie talks over to the phone to multiple slam winning poet and author Anna Freeman ahead of her performance at our Queer’Say event at Hackney Attic on 21 June at 4pm. We hear about her debut novel The Fair Fight, a historical story set within the world of female pugilists and their patrons in late 18th century Bristol.
Stewart Who reviews Closet Queens by Michael Bloch who recently penned the celebrated biography of the scandalised Jeremy Thorpe. For this compendium, Bloch combed the past 130 years to find the men of British politics who’ve lead double lives due to their sexuality – and a few who threw caution to the wind. Bloch’s sweeping account of the corridors of power mixes gossip, fact and analysis of the UK’s cultural evolution to show us how far we’ve come. He also suggests that due to the intrigue, craftiness and theatre required of politicians, gay men may be naturally drawn to the field.
The Pride Arts Festival runs from 21-28 June and includes theatre, museum tours, film screenings and more. Festival curator Duncan Day talks us through some highlights and looks ahead to the big day on 27 June.
Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell is a hero and inspiration to many within the LGBT community and was honoured a few years ago with a blue plaque at his Southwark home. He chats to Rosie about his memories of the Gay Liberation Front in 1970s London, co-founding the direct action group OutRage! in 1990 and The Big Gay Pub Quiz – a fundraising event for his Peter Tatchell Foundation taking place on 23 June at Bankside Space and hosted by Timberlina.
Australian poet, storyteller, educator and performer Candy Royalle tells us what she has in store for her performance at Queer’Say on 21 June. She is currently on her Butch Priestess international tour. She blends genres by integrating sound effects via loops pedals, working with funk, jazz and soul musicians and collaborating with film makers.
A Year of Marvellous Ways is the new novel from Sarah Winman, author of the bestselling When God Was a Rabbit. Laura Macdougall talks to Sarah about magic, lighthouses, writing about trauma and outsiders, and how her acting career has influenced her writing.
Back in February, we were among many people praising director and star Desiree Akhavan for her wonderfully cool, funny film Appropriate Behaviour about a young woman Shirin coming out as bi to her Iranian family. Desiree joins us live in the studio as part of an action-packed London visit to promote the DVD release on 29 June.
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.
We welcome back comedian Andrew Doyle to chat about his show Minimalism! which he is taking to Edinburgh Fringe this year. 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.
Nuala O’Sullivan is a volunteer and Co-Chair of the London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard. She tells us what it’s like to volunteer in the phoneroom and why, after more than 40 years, one of the oldest British LGBT charities is changing its name.
Writer Stephen Wyatt tells us about Told Look Younger, his comedy about sex, love, friendship and growing old which is on at Jermyn Street Theatre until 4 July.
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.
Rosie talks to journalist and playwright Shaun Kitchener about Positive, ahead of its run at the Park Theatre from 7 July – 1 August. Inspired by true stories, the play revolves around Benji, a twenty something Londoner living with HIV.
Digital consultant Jo Webber pops in for a chat about the imminent launch of her new app Queer Booth which allows users to give themselves an instant makeover by choosing from a variety of styles including bear, fetish, Victorian, disco and more.
Trudy Howson tells us about INCITE, the LGBT poetry night she hosts at The Phoenix Artist Club. Trudy has been active on the queer and feminist poetry circuit since the 1970s.
Josh Roche is currently directing the world premiere of A Third by award-winning Chicago playwright Laura Jacqmin which has just begun a run in the very intimate surrounds of the Finborough Theatre. This witty play explores the emotional consequences of opening up a relationship.
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