IMOGENÉ: The improvised pop concert comes to VAULT Festival

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“The audience will be dazzled by light-shows, multiple costume changes, dry ice and excessive amounts of glitter” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY LEE PULLEN “IMOGENÉ is more than just a concept – she’s a sensation; an over-the-top diva on the brink of pop immortality. But first – due to time constraints related to the physical [….]

SPLINTERED comes to VAULT Festival as “a colourful celebration of queerness”

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DIVA chats to Emily Aboud, the director behind the queer Caribbean Carnival not to be missed BY ERIN MANIATOPOULOU Emily Aboud is bringing SPLINTERED to Vault Festival this February! Refreshing visions of the Caribbean Carnival mixed with queerness, this is a play that laughs in the face of oppression. It’s a carnival dance party littered [….]

The High Table: An exploration of queerness, Black womanhood and tradition

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“I don’t think I’ve ever seen a play with a British-Nigerian queer woman at the centre of the story” BY ERIN MANIATOPOULOU Tara is getting married to her girlfriend Leah, and they’re planning the perfect Nigerian wedding! However, one thing is missing – the blessing of Tara’s family. For this, Tara is prepared to search [….]

THEATRE: Bedlam Chorus are the queer theatre-makers telling untold stories

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DIVA chats to Clodagh Chapman about brand-new show, butterfly BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Bedlam Chorus is a collective of queer artists, who want to shift the balance within queer theatre and make sure regular people’s voices are heard. They have been working extremely hard on their latest show, butterfly, to bring to light the LGBTQI stories [….]

Eight shows you can’t miss at VAULT Festival 2020 💫

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VAULT is back for 2020, with the best of LGBTQI performance BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY TOM SHANNON The fastest growing arts festival in the UK, VAULT Festival, is back for another run. 2020 is the biggest ever edition across eight packed weeks with more than 500 shows now on sale! VAULT’s bold and innovative [….]

THEATRE: Lucy Hutson’s Bound challenges gender identity in a unique way

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“There’s loads of identities that I have, and I don’t really know how to be any of them” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Live artist Lucy Hutson’s show Bound has been 10 years in the making. Working with various film makers, Lucy’s life has been captured at various points as it continues to evolve. It showcases now [….]

DRAG KINGS: Pecsmas is here, queer and making your yuletide very, very gay…

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“Pitch perfect performances meet searing social and political commentary in this most festive of drag treats” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGES HARRY ELLETSON What a gift it was to spend the evening with the wonderful, London-based Pecs Drag Kings for their latest serving of queer cheer – the Christmas-flavoured, Pecsmas. Taking inspiration from Mean Girls to [….]