Bloody Elle – A Gig Musical is a pioneering and potty-mouthed lesbian love story you don’t want to miss

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DIVA music editor Laura Howard heads to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre for a one-woman show about sapphic self discovery WORDS LAURA HOWARD, IMAGES PIPPA RANKIN Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre proudly re-opened its doors on 23 June with a pioneering, potty-mouthed lesbian love story and gig musical, Bloody Elle. Writer, musician and actor Lauryn Redding has [….]

VIEWS: Being queer on Broadway

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“Nothing could stand in my way. Nothing except: boom – I’m a lesbian” BY DEBRA BARSHA The only label that I feel I was born with is MUSICIAN. I knew exactly what I wanted to do from the time I was five years old. It was a blessing and a curse. The blessing: I had [….]

MUSICAL: The Red Side Of The Moon

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If you could have everything you ever dreamed of, but had to hide who you were, would you still want it? BY ZOE WOODRUFF New musical The Red Side Of The Moon, playing from 12-17 July in Covent Garden, attempts to unpick this very question. In a pre-twitter, pre-instagram, pre-companies-jumping-on-the-Pride-bandwagon-to-make-a-pretty-penny world, the central characters in [….]

DIVA exclusive: L Morgan Lee, star of The Danish Girl musical, on bringing trans stories to the stage

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“We never get to see a trans woman play a trans woman, so there’s this something new” BY DIVA STAFF Trans actor L Morgan Lee has spoken about her history-making casting in the new theatre adaptation of The Danish Girl about the life of painter Lili Elbe, one of the first people in the world [….]

THEATRE: Overflow is a hilarious and devastating tour of women’s bathrooms

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A vital exploration into safety and solidarity for the trans community BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES BY SHARRON WALLACE It’s a freezing cold tier two December night and the first public performance back at the Bush Theatre in London. Waiting inside is Rosie, pulling at her velvet dress, about to spill the warmth and vulnerability that [….]

Death Drop: A drag murder mystery with an all star line-up

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Kemah Bob tells DIVA all about this new play sashaying into the Garrick Theatre just in time for Christmas BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS When I jump on my call with Kemah Bob I’m surprised to hear her say, straight off the bat, “Honestly I’m having one of the best years of my life. I’m thriving and [….]

PODCAST: Lemon Lounge is a brand-new podcast all about queer theatre

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Lemon House Theatre goes digital with this exciting new project BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS There’s so much to miss during lockdown, but one of the main things we’ve been missing here at DIVA HQ (AKA our respective homes) is the sweet feeling of queer theatre.  There’s nothing quite like the buzz in the air when a [….]