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 [….]

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 [….]

Andee Ryder becomes first trans producer-director to be nominated for a BAFTA

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“There’s an issue with diversity within the industry; there’s also promise – but it won’t change overnight” BY EMILY EATON Andee “Dee” Ryder’s recent film McQueen, a feature-length documentary on Alexander McQueen, has received two nominations: Outstanding British Film and Documentary – making Dee the first trans producer-director to be nominated for the prestigious award. Here, [….]

REVIEW: Sarah Keyworth at Soho Theatre

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“Neatly fastened in by her top button, this is a comedian with a sense of humour that’s as sharp as her enviable undercut” BY BRODIE CRELLIN “Who likes unisex toilets?” Sarah Keyworth asks the crowd. A divisive question, particularly at the moment. (Personally I love them. Not only are there less queues, but it feels [….]

Pop princess Saara Aalto has dropped her brand new video and it’s breathtaking

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The Dancing On Ice star teams up with trans charity Mermaids for the glorious Dance Like Nobody’s Watching BY ROXY BOURDILLON Saara Aalto’s new single Dance Like Nobody’s Watching is the sort of song that’s so good it gives you tingles. A soaring ode to living and loving authentically, this track reminds us all of [….]

Coming Clean

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As a queer woman, what can I learn from Kevin Elyot’s 1982, male-focused play and what it says about relationships of both its time – and today? BY EMILY GARSIDE As the 25th anniversary production of Coming Clean transfers to the West End, it’s worth considering how different our perspectives on LGBT+ relationships are today. What should [….]