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 [….]

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 [….]

Lez set sail

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We meet cruise-goers to find out why taking to the high seas is such a popular choice for lez/bi holidaymakers DIVA magazine is delighted to be partnering with lesbian holiday company Diva Destinations (divadestinations.co.uk) on a hosted group cruise to the majestic fjords of Norway.  Taking place 9-16 May on board the luxury five-star Celebrity [….]

EVENTS: A queer, 80s-themed extravaganza raising money for LGBTQI youth? We’re in.

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Celebrate akt’s 30th birthday with queer party legends Sink The Pink BY ALICIA PRYZSIENIAK Celebrating 30 years of safer homes and better futures for LGBTQI youth, akt, the UK’s LGBTQI youth homelessness charity, are back with their biggest event yet!  Produced by drag royalty Sink The Pink and hosted at the incredible TROXY venue in [….]

Looking for some queer fun? Here’s our top 10 lez/bi club nights

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It’s time to share our favourite safe spaces for queer clubbing in the capital BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Looking for a queer night out on the town in London that is specifically catered for women may seem like a difficult challenge when the only dedicated lesbian bar is She Soho.  But don’t you [….]