God is a woman: Zoe Lyons takes to the stage to play God this Christmas

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An Act Of God, a sinfully funny comedy starring Zoe Lyons, is coming to The Vaults Theatre BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS We all knew Ariana was right. God is a woman and it turns out she meant Zoe Lyons. A legendary stand-up comic who you may have caught on Mock The Week and Celebrity Masterchef, Zoe [….]

Comedian Sophie Duker is not your Venus

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“I don’t have time for anyone whose feminism isn’t intersectional” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK Comedian Sophie Duker is back with her debut comedy hour, Venus. Here the comedian speaks to DIVA about stereotypes, wokeness, and why she does not want to be your Venus… DIVA: Tell us more about your promo picture for Venus [….]

Hannah Gadsby makes surprise appearance at DIVA-sponsored Stonewall Stand Up

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The Nanette legend surprises audiences at LGBTQI fundraiser comedy gig Stonewall Stand Up Sessions BY DIVA STAFF. IMAGES DIVA MAGAZINE. Attendees at this year’s Stonewall Stand Up Sessions, sponsored by DIVA, were treated to quite the surprise yesterday evening when Nanette comedy megastar, Hannah Gadsby turned up as surprise headliner. [IKR?] Hosted by the bloody [….]

How To Be Amazingly Happy!

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DIVA talks happiness, reinvention and childlessness with performer, theatre-maker and director Victoria Firth BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK After running the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield for 12 years, Victoria Firth has returned to her ambition to act. Her autobiographical solo show, How To Be Amazingly Happy!, deals with social and personal perceptions of childless [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Love Is A Work In Progress with Tara Rankine

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Shrewd, lewd and almost nude BY EMILY SHEWELL Tara Rankine’s comedy combines cabaret and storytelling to retell her embarrassing experiences and the messy realities of past love, sex and relationships.  The audience is invited upon entrance to throw their negativity out of the door as Tara instead inspires self-love and levity when it comes to [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Pits

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Hit the toon with McKenzie and her family – but be prepared for what comes next  BY CARRIE LYELL Billed as “the best Geordie night out you can have (in Edinburgh)”, this outrageous new dramedy written by up and coming north-easterner Louise Barron is full of laughs – and surprises.  Step into the living room [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: The Unfortunate Bisexual

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Five stars for this reviewer’s “Fringe favourite” WORDS EMILY SHEWELL, IMAGE STEVE CROSS Rachel Wheeley and Cerys Bradley’s inimitable stand up show is both slick and quick witted as they individually address their experiences of bisexuality, the silly stereotypes, and why one Olympic swimmer will always have a place in Cerys’ heart.  Their anecdotal tales [….]