THEATRE: Celebrated Virgins, a story of the Ladies of Llangollen

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Are you ready to meet Anne Lister’s contemporaries on the stage? BY CAIT FINDLAY, IMAGE BY THEATR CLWYD “It’s a reimagining, not a reenactment, and we are very much telling this from a 2022 lens,” says Katie Elin-Salt, writer of a play about the Ladies of Llangollen called Celebrated Virgins. Katie’s co-creator, Eleri B Jones, [….]

THE MINISTRY OF LESBIAN AFFAIRS: Creating a lesbian Mecca at the Soho Theatre

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Iman Qureshi’s engaging and powerful play breaks new ground with its intersectional lesbian narrative BY TRUDY HOWSON LGBT POET LAUREATE Whats not to like about the Soho Theatre? Its hip, it’s friendly and its surrounded by all the bars, cafes, clubs and restaurants that we love to hang out in. There’s a tangible feeling of excitement [….]

THEATRE: Hearty depicts an international trans history and encourages audiences to make positive change

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“The production feels more relevant now than ever” BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY STEVE TANNER Emma Frankland is a live performance and theatre artist who critics often describe as revolutionary. For the past decade, her practise has focused on politically charged performances around the issues of gender and identity, drawing on her own experiences as [….]

THEATRE: Ladyfriends is the story of a sapphic suffragette power couple

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Are you ready for this “anti lesbian period drama”? BY CAIT FINDLAY, IMAGE BY CLODAGH CHAPMAN “Can lesbians coexist with WiFi?” is one of the central questions demanding to be asked about much of queer popular culture. No one is complaining about watching Suranne Jones striding around Yorkshire in her top hat in Gentleman Jack, [….]

REVIEW: curious – Jasmine Lee-Jones

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curious is truly an excellent piece of theatre 🎭 BY LOWIE TREVENA, IMAGES BY HELEN MAYBANKS Jasmine Lee-Jones’ latest show is theatre made for 2021. curious, the follow up to her 2019 play the seven methods of killing kylie jenner, explores Blackness, queerness, elitism, and femininity and the very real consequences of erasure and alienation. [….]

Overflow is a call for society to help marginalised groups rather than just being passive bystanders

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Travis Alabanza’s second show is nothing short of a masterpiece, writes Lowie Trevena BY LOWIE TREVENA, IMAGES BY HELEN MURRAY In the UK, two thirds of trans people are afraid to use public bathrooms, but it’s often the cisgender voice put at the heart of the conversation, rather than the experiences of trans people. Overflow, [….]

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 [….]