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 [….]

MUSICAL: The Red Side Of The Moon

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If you could have everything you ever dreamed of, but had to hide who you were, would you still want it? BY ZOE WOODRUFF New musical The Red Side Of The Moon, playing from 12-17 July in Covent Garden, attempts to unpick this very question. In a pre-twitter, pre-instagram, pre-companies-jumping-on-the-Pride-bandwagon-to-make-a-pretty-penny world, the central characters in [….]

DIVA exclusive: L Morgan Lee, star of The Danish Girl musical, on bringing trans stories to the stage

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“We never get to see a trans woman play a trans woman, so there’s this something new” BY DIVA STAFF Trans actor L Morgan Lee has spoken about her history-making casting in the new theatre adaptation of The Danish Girl about the life of painter Lili Elbe, one of the first people in the world [….]

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: 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 – [….]

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 [….]

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!) [….]