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REVIEW: Bright Poems for Dark Days by Julie Sutherland

October 23, 2021

Sutherland has amassed an eclectic group of poets here, from uber modern like Carol Ann Duffy & Maya Angelou to weathered classics from John Donne & Emily Dickinson, the range is impressive.  Some fun, frivolous and fancy, others profound & pertinent.  It touches the spot.

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REVIEW: The Dresser @ Theatre Royal

September 29, 2021

Clary can make us laugh, and did so, with the right amount of wit, throw away and melancholic observations, the audience adored him. This part calls for some bitter spitting viciousness and here there was no mean, just sweetness curdled, no claw or nail, just bitterness and empty threat. A camp miserable bark with no bite.

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REVIEW: The Midnight Bell New Adventures Mathew Bourne

September 16, 2021

Superb and with a lot to recommend it, The Midnight Bell is a wonderful show to enjoy in the Theatre Royal with enough flair to impress the dance aficionados, more than enough to satisfy the Bourne fans in the house,  and enough real passion for your average audience member to enjoy. Its overflowing with glorious narrative and this group of dancers seriously impress, so even if you don’t quite get the dancing you’ll still really get the show.

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REVIEW: BI THE WAY by Lois Shearing

September 4, 2021

Shearing examines difficult subjects with a deft clarity of purpose, affirming and platforming real people’s experience throughout. It’s an engaging read, and if your head it turned by all sorts of folk, and your pulse quickened then the book supports an honest self-exploration of what that can mean and the delights, adventures and life changing experiences you can expect.

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REVIEW: Books:Fat & Queer An Anthology of Queer and Trans Bodies

August 18, 2021

I enjoy a good anthology and one which  highlights the experiences and adventures of anyone who has to navigate the body shaming highways of modern life,  before turning off to the sedate byways of homo queer fat folx is a treat to find.  The trio of editors have selected  stories, poems, prose and a rather delightful stream of consciousness which say, loud and proud, hey I’m here, and fat, come love it with me.

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REVIEW: Books: First Come Love by Tom Rasmussen

August 13, 2021

We are asked to consider marriage,  as an achievement, a compromise, a selling-out, a practical solution and given experiences of authentic lives of what marriage means to a range of people across the spectrum of sexuality and class, and what the future looks like for this most historic and universal of institutions.

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REVIEW: Books:The adventures of Isabel by Candas Jane Dorsey

August 10, 2021

Not to be confused with the Ogden Nash poem, although very much in the bonkers celebratory style of his prose and radically mind popping daftness this is a delightful entertaining book from author Dorsey who adores words, pokes, tickles, makes them perform these incredibly  funny feats of phraseology and all the while packs in the narrative tension

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Pride at the Ironworks kicks off in style

Jaq Bayles August 3, 2021

Brighton’s new Ironworks Studio immediately established itself as a destination venue with its inaugural sold-out event, the Pride Gala Launch, on Saturday July 31. A sleek, welcoming space with tiered seating for 150 and a handful of small tables stage-side (making capacity 180 in total), the studio proved a huge hit with an audience keen […]

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