Bloody Elle – A Gig Musical is a pioneering and potty-mouthed lesbian love story you don’t want to miss

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DIVA music editor Laura Howard heads to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre for a one-woman show about sapphic self discovery WORDS LAURA HOWARD, IMAGES PIPPA RANKIN Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre proudly re-opened its doors on 23 June with a pioneering, potty-mouthed lesbian love story and gig musical, Bloody Elle. Writer, musician and actor Lauryn Redding has [….]

A spellbinding tour de force: DIVA reviews new West End show CRUISE

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Jackdaw Media’s creative director Jacquie Lawrence on a new West End show by Jack Holden BY JACQUIE LAWRENCE As soon as you see the lone figure of composer and performer John Elliott, playing ambient club music that heralds the appearance of writer and performer, Jack Holden, you know that CRUISE is more than a ‘one [….]

REVIEW: IMOGENÉ at VAULT Festival

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IMOGENÉ is the loud, proud and unapologetic performer we all need right now BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY LEE PULLEN Last week at Vault Festival, a star was born right in front of my very eyes. IMOGENÉ’s character has slowly come into existence over the last three years, but very recently, and with the help [….]

REVIEW: Butterfly at VAULT Festival

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The latest queer extravaganza from Bedlam Chorus is as hilarious as it is heart-warming  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Bedlam Chorus is a theatre company which tells un(der)told stories in spectacular ways, and their latest show butterfly is no exception. They have found the stories that the world hasn’t heard before – but can’t live without – [….]

THEATRE REVIEW: Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again.

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“Whatever affects individuals in capitalism affects women, and whatever affects women affects queer women” BY ERIN MANIATOPOULOU. IMAGES BLUE STOCKING EFFIGY. Blue Stocking Effigy, a new theatre company lead by two, queer women, bring their production of Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again. to The Space, London, this weekend, until 2 February 2020 (grab your tickets!) [….]

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 [….]

REVIEW: La Clique is the perfect queer Christmas night out

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Celebrate your inner sinner at the sexist circus in town BY ROXY BOURDILLON I’m sat in the world famous Spiegeltent in London’s Leicester Square, clutching my glass of mulled wine, and listening, rapt, to the seductive tones of the inimitable Bernie Dieter. As mistress of ceremonies for internationally acclaimed variety show, La Clique, Bernie is [….]