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 [….]

THEATRE REVIEW: How We Begin by Elisabeth Lewerenz

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Jane Fae recommends this “rarest of rarities”, a queer female love story BY JANE FAE How We Begin has finished. Too soon! Too soon. For this two-hander of a play is that rarest of rarities: a queer female love story getting an outing to a London audience. At the King’s Head Theatre in Islington, since [….]

Sue Perkins-inspired In PurSUEt comes to Ed Fringe

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“Think Fleabag meets Miranda – with some fierce, heartfelt honesty thrown in for good measure” BY YAIZA CANOPOLI Female-led, queer – and creative as hell – theatre company Bush Productions takes their newest show, the gloriously Sue Perkins-inspired, In PurSUEt to Edinburgh Festival Fringe. DIVA spoke to Bush Productions founder Eleanor Higgins to find out [….]

THEATRE: “Impactful, intimate and original” Willow comes to The Bunker, London

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Director Krysianna Papadakis on the continued importance of queer representation in theatre INTERVIEW BY JENNIFER CERYS As Lemon House Theatre prepares to bring new “queer post-break up” play, Willow to The Bunker Theatre, London, we caught up with Willow director, Krysianna Papadakis… JENNIFER CERYS: First off, describe Willow in three words? KRYSIANNA PAPADAKIS: Impactful, intimate, original. As director, [….]

Theatre review: WIFE by Samuel Adamson

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“It’s a challenging and thought-provoking production brimming with pathos, politics and laugh-out-loud moments” BY TRUDY HOWSON, LGBT POET LAUREATE Induhu Rubasingham’s world premier of WIFE by Samuel Adamson, at the revamped and renamed Kiln theatre in Kilburn, positively fizzes with camp and intellectual exuberance. Its based on Ibsen’s character of Nora (from A Doll’s House), [….]

New play Dark Sublime features sci-fi, sapphic love, and Sophie Ward… sign us up!

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Culture vultures, here’s everything you need to know about the must-see queer show at London’s Trafalgar Studios Whether you’re a culture vulture, a thesbian, or just fancy a fab night out, you won’t want to miss the brand new play at London’s Traflagar Studios. Featuring a stellar cast including DIVA fave and LGBTQI icon Sophie [….]

OPINION: Fat bodies deserve love, attention and some god damn applause

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Mathilda Gregory on the importance of Fat Pride I’m delighted that the show I’ve hosted since 2017, Fat Cabaret will be the cornerstone the Fat Pride Season at The Marlborough Theatre in Brighton. Fat Cabaret is a big fat ball of joy. Our team of talented chubs has put together sell out after sell out [….]