Opinion: “Trans and non-binary representation is exceedingly vital”

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Playwright Nelly Kelly reflects on 10 years of the groundbreaking piece of theatre, and an extraordinary twist of fate BY NELLY KELLY I can still remember the day I read The Gospel According To Jesus, Queen Of Heaven. I was sitting on the floor propped against the single bed in my mum’s box room, having [….]

THEATRE: Backstage with the cast of The Green Fairy

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DIVA delves behind the scenes of this immersive, queer pub musical and meets leading actor, Julie Atherton BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE JULIE ATHERTON BY JACK SAIN. Just last week, I was lucky enough to take a sneak peek behind the scenes (and during rehearsals) of the upcoming “immersive pub musical”, The Green Fairy due to [….]

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 [….]

Love and betrayal: The Night Watch on stage

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Playwright Hattie Naylor tells DIVA why she’s chosen to adapt Sarah Waters’ classic novel for the stage BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK. IMAGE: MARA ALLEN AS MICKEY AND PHOEBE PRYCE AS KAY CREDIT MARK DOUET. Olivier-nominated playwright Hattie Naylor’s stage adaptation of The Night Watch is the first revival of the novel since 2016. Currently [….]

The hidden lesbian love story in Pride And Prejudice

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Playwright Isobel McArthur on her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice and the lesbian love story in this beloved novel BY CARRIE LYELL AND FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK When Isobel McArthur first graduated from drama school, the choice of roles she could audition for was limited. Consequently, she began to write her own relatable, [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Dalloway

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“An ordinary day underpinned by hidden woes, troubles and desires” BY EMILY SHEWELL, IMAGES ELTON TOWNEND JONES Elton Townend Jones’ stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel Mrs Dalloway perfectly encapsulates life in the interwar period: the parties, the dreams and the surfacing anxieties in the aftermath of the Great War.  It’s June 1923. The [….]