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December 3, 2016


I first heard of my uncle’s death on BBC News. It was December 3, 2006. I’d turned on the TV in time to catch the end of a news report about an explosion at a fireworks factory near my hometown of Lewes, in the southeast of the UK. It had claimed the lives of two members […]

Interview: Gregory Doran

July 17, 2012


Newly appointed RSC artistic director Gregory Doran talks to Tom Wicker about his Africa-set production of ‘Julius Caesar’ Gregory Doran is keeping his cards close to his chest when it comes to his plans for the Royal Shakespeare Company. Although he takes over from Michael Boyd as artistic director from September, we won’t see any […]

Interview: director Kanchi Wichmann

June 24, 2011


(First published by So So Gay Magazine) July sees the release in UK cinemas of director Kanchi Wichmann’s debut feature film. Break My Fall is a four-day glimpse into the disintegrating relationship of two lesbians, Liza (Kat Redstone) and Sally (Sophie Anderson),whose East London lives have become a head-pounding blur of dead-end jobs, raves and girl-bands. It’s an exciting […]

Brighton Festival: Speaking out

May 5, 2011


From this Saturday, to mark the start of the three-week Brighton Festival 2011, Brighton Town Hall will play host to The New World Order, Harold Pinter’s protest against political suppression and the cruel and silencing voice of torture. Audiences will move from one room to another, including the building’s disused Victorian police cells, experiencing at close quarters the terror […]

Opening spaces: The Print Room

November 20, 2010


Getting a theatre up and running is a tricky business. As well as the obvious challenges such as raising funds (a particularly daunting prospect these days), obtaining a licence and attracting audiences, there are the unforeseen problems that crop up along the way. Lucy Bailey and Anda Winters opened The Print Room, a new 80-seat […]


October 27, 2004


Polari was a secret language spoken by gay men and lesbians in Britain throughout the first half of the 20th century. As well as describing the language, Polari itself means “to talk”. The word had long fallen into disuse when a support group in London dedicated to caring for older lesbians and gay men resurrected it […]