Creating creative communities in Yorkshire

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Giving a voice to York’s LGBTQI community through the arts BY EMILY EATON HLGBT York is an organisation working to give northern LGBTQI people a voice – through creativity and collaboration. Emily Eaton speaks to their producer, Mei Wilshare, to find out more… DIVA: Tell us a little more about HLGBT?MEI WILSHARE: HLGBT York is a collaborative [….]

Ladybones: A one woman show about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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“I wrote this play because I wanted to show OCD on stage in a truthful way” BY SORCHA MCCAFFREY  When I was a little kid I used to wake up my mum to check she hadn’t died in the night. My head was full of intense worries and patterns and numbers and routines.  Fifteen years [….]

Back to work for me – maternity leave doesn’t last forever!

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“There have been times I’ve struggled, constantly battling with the pressures of life as a stay at home mum of three” BY KATY ROBSON-MALONE So that’s me back at work after 10 months off with my family. I can’t help but be all reflective when I come to the end of something or am about [….]

Vita & Virginia to open this year’s BFI Flare Film Festival

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True story of the relationship between Virginia Woolf and enigmatic aristocrat, Vita Sackville-West, kicks off LGBTQ+ Film Fest BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Chanya Button’s Vita & Virginia, which opens this year’s BFI Flare LGBTQ+ Film Festival – the UK’s longest running LGBTQ+ film event – tells the story of Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West’s intoxicating encounters. “We’re [….]

Bang Bang Romeo’s Anastasia Walker chats coming out, Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Sofar Sounds

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“Growing up it was me, myself and I – I didn’t have any role models; I had to have that belief in myself BY EMILY EATON A “global community creating intimate gigs for artists and music lovers” Sofar Sounds is – if you haven’t already been – a bloody great way to spend an evening. It’s an [….]

#NoKids?

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Join this post-show panel for a discussion on same-sex parenting and homophobic bullying at Battersea Art Centre BY BATTERSEA ARTS CENTRE No Kids is the latest thought-provoking, autobiographical play from the multi award-winning Bristol-based company, Ad Infinitum, where the characters ask: “Should we have kids, or not?” A real-life, same-sex couple, Nir and George try to [….]