FRINGE REVIEW: Dalloway

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“An ordinary day underpinned by hidden woes, troubles and desires” BY EMILY SHEWELL, IMAGES ELTON TOWNEND JONES Elton Townend Jones’ stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel Mrs Dalloway perfectly encapsulates life in the interwar period: the parties, the dreams and the surfacing anxieties in the aftermath of the Great War.  It’s June 1923. The [….]

The lesbians from next door: Celebrating community and friendship in Falsettos

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Emily Garside looks ahead to the London premiere of this important musical and asks why lesbians have been left out of Aids narratives in popular culture BY EMILY GARSIDE William Finn premiered his one-act musical Trousers off-Broadway in 1979. Two years later, collaborating with James Lapine, Finn created two additional one-acts, March of the Falsettos [….]

The 1975’s Matty Healy defies anti-LGBT laws after kissing male fan at Dubai gig

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“I love you and I wouldn’t have done anything differently” IMAGE INSTAGRAM @THE1975 Lead singer of pop rock band The 1975, Matty Healy – aka DIVA Ally Of The Year – has defied Dubai’s strict laws after kissing a male fan during a performance there. Homosexuality is currently illegal and punishable by imprisonment in the country. [….]

REVIEW: The Bareback Kings at Camden Fringe

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The drag king comedy group serves up a royally entertaining night that’s as smart as it is funny, says Kat Halstead BY KAT HALSTEAD The UK drag scene is thriving and diversifying, and to prove it, the Bareback Kings are slowly manspreading their way to the top with their first ever hour-long show. Cue the [….]

HOTTER: Not a show about vaginas

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Celebrate the “very broad church of womxnhood” with Mary Higgins and Ell Potter, creators of a show definitely not about vaginas IMAGE HOLLY REVELL Hello, we’re Mary and Ell. We’re best friends, ex-girlfriends, and the creators of HOTTER, our sweaty two-woman show now approaching its third birthday. We’ve talked and written so much about HOTTER [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Contra

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Laura Murphy explores consent, femininity and queerness in this daring solo show BY JENNIFER KENNEDY  I am a bit of a Fringe Veteran – having enjoyed the month long celebration of arts and culture for over 30 years.  One thing that saddens me is the decline in people taking a punt on the unfamiliar. Something [….]