VIEWS: Goodbye Zoe Tate

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“Actor Leah Bracknell’s Zoe Tate will live on as a lez/bi legend and as the first lesbian character in a British soap” BY JACQUIE LAWRENCE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT DIVA MEDIA GROUP. IMAGE EMMERDALE WIKI. For most queer female viewers, The Brookside Kiss is the seminal lez/bi soap moment, but for me, it was the coming [….]

THEATRE: Ruth McCarthy on drag, cabaret and political satire in Abomination: A DUP Opera

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“If all opera addressed real contemporary experiences in exciting, dramatic and funny ways, it would sell out faster than a Lizzo concert” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK On 8 November 2019, the Belfast Ensemble opens Belfast’s Outburst Queer Arts Festival with Abomination: A DUP Opera, composed by Conor Mitchell. The show fuses opera performance with [….]

VIEWS: A note on homelessness

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Reflecting on the many guises of homelessness after World Homeless Day 2019 BY EMILY. IMAGE CHARRY JIN. Being “homeless” doesn’t only mean that you’re sleeping on the street. It can mean that you’re spending prolonged periods of time sleeping on friends’ sofas, in shelters or hostels or on public transport amongst other things. Before I [….]

Love and betrayal: The Night Watch on stage

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Playwright Hattie Naylor tells DIVA why she’s chosen to adapt Sarah Waters’ classic novel for the stage BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK. IMAGE: MARA ALLEN AS MICKEY AND PHOEBE PRYCE AS KAY CREDIT MARK DOUET. Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor’s stage adaptation of The Night Watch is the first revival of the novel since 2016. Currently [….]

Saachi’s “Dark” is a bringer of light

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This autumn’s self-love anthem from London-born, Mumbai-raised singer-songwriter Saachi Sen BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK Today, indie-pop singer-songwriter Saachi Sen releases her new song, Dark. The leading single for her debut solo EP beautifully translates the notion that – “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act” – into [….]

FILM: I’m coming out

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“COMING OUT captures the moment of coming out – after which, their life shall be forever changed” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK Adjusting his phone camera, a young man runs his palms over his face nervously, a young woman stares into her web cam, excitedly reaching for her girlfriend’s hand. In recent years, more and [….]