Opinion: “Trans and non-binary representation is exceedingly vital”

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Playwright Nelly Kelly reflects on 10 years of the groundbreaking piece of theatre, and an extraordinary twist of fate BY NELLY KELLY I can still remember the day I read The Gospel According To Jesus, Queen Of Heaven. I was sitting on the floor propped against the single bed in my mum’s box room, having [….]

THEATRE: Backstage with the cast of The Green Fairy

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DIVA delves behind the scenes of this immersive, queer pub musical and meets leading actor, Julie Atherton BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE JULIE ATHERTON BY JACK SAIN. Just last week, I was lucky enough to take a sneak peek behind the scenes (and during rehearsals) of the upcoming “immersive pub musical”, The Green Fairy due to [….]

HearHer first: Saara Aalto drops new single ahead of HearHer Festival

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DIVA EXCLUSIVE: The Finnish pop star hits the alto with new track, Starry Skies BY ALICIA PRYZSIENIAK Singer-songwriter and LGBTQI advocate Saara Aalto is back with brand new ballad, Starry Skies, a track ready-made for getting us all through the soon-to-come winter nights… Starry Skies is built upon a story of first love – Saara’s [….]

DIVA X Gay’s The Word: In Kate Charlesworth’s Shoes

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EVENT: In Conversation with Kate Charlesworth, author and illustrator of Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide On October 24 2019, DIVA magazine teams up with London’s legendary LGBTQI bookshop Gay’s The Word to present an evening with author and cartoonist, Kate Charlesworth. Recently long-listed for the Portico Prize, Kate’s graphic memoir Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide [….]

The hidden lesbian love story in Pride And Prejudice

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Playwright Isobel McArthur on her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice and the lesbian love story in this beloved novel BY CARRIE LYELL AND FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK When Isobel McArthur first graduated from drama school, the choice of roles she could audition for was limited. Consequently, she began to write her own relatable, [….]

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 [….]