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My top LGBT film: Shortbus

March 25, 2011

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If you haven’t seen my choice of LGBT film, it’s probably best if you don’t watch it with your grandmother first time around. Written and directed by John Cameron Mitchell, Shortbus opens on James (Paul Dawson) filming himself as he masturbates with grim determination in the bath. The camera doesn’t spare the audience’s blushes. We watch as he gets […]

Re-Charged

March 25, 2011

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Perhaps the most interesting thing, collectively, about the three plays that comprise Clean Break’s Re-Charged (selected and re-staged from last year’s six-show run, Charged) is how little prison as a physical institution actually features as a setting, but how overwhelming it is as an idea. For the women in these three very differently written and directed […]

I’m from Lewes, East Sussex

March 23, 2011

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It was one of those endless, sunny afternoons that disappear when you get older. I was nine years old and on the cusp, not of adolescence, but of being able to play in the ‘Big End’ at primary school. I’d always envied the older children this part of the playground. While us younger kids had […]

La Ronde

March 18, 2011

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All of life can be found in a gay bar. At least, that’s the message of Peter Scott-Presland’s enjoyably exuberant, if over-long, musical, (very) loosely based on Arthur Schnitzler’s tale of sexual morals, Reigen, with a score provided by long-time collaborator David Harrod. The show opens at the end of the night in gay bar […]

Interview: Nathan Manske

March 18, 2011

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On the dresser in Nathan Manske’s New York apartment is a pair of electric pink cowboy boots. From last September to this January, those boots accompanied him on a tour of LGBT communities in each of the 50 states that make up the USA, so they’re showing signs of wear – the leather has begun to […]

Interview: Neil McPherson

March 8, 2011

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The wedge-shaped Finborough Theatre, which stands like a sentry decked out in green at the intersection of two roads ten minutes away from Earl’s Court Tube, is buzzing. It’s a Friday evening in early March and the unaffectedly stylish downstairs bar is filled with the relaxed chatter of people looking forward to the weekend ahead. […]

Interview: Peter Scott-Presland

March 8, 2011

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The UK’s first LGBT theatre group, Homo Promos, is staging La Ronde, a salacious new musical by Peter Scott-Presland and David Harrod about life in a gay bar, at the Rosemary Branch Theatre from 15 March to 3 April. Co-director of Homo Promos, Peter Scott-Presland, talks to Tom Wicker and OffWestEnd.com about the show, x-rated films […]