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This exhibition will mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality. It will focus on Benjamin Britten and his partner, the tenor Peter Pears, at a time when their relationship was illegal. Key works highlighting their relationship will be featured along with the wider cultural, political and legal situation faced by gay men in the 1950s.
Writer Patrick Cash ( The HIV Monologues ) and director Peter Darney ( 5 Guys Chillin’ ) bringing Queers to London, an exhilarating play about LGBTQ empowerment in 2017. After storming the International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival, both Em-Lou Productions and Dragonflies Theatre are proud to present these vital queer stories of London life back in their native city.
★★★★★ “A glorious collage of penetrating portraits” – Gay Times
Larry is 25, on a real straight stag-do looking out for the ‘laydeez’… And perhaps a lad. Trashbag Trish is a tawdry drag queen, returning to her rural after her Irish father’s death. Carol is a schoolteacher during the time of Section 28. Young Soho barman Danny is being told a story of gay liberation by drunk Old Tom. And Sapphire dares to be black and trans on the streets of Dalston. Their lives are about to intertwine on one fateful, cruel April night…
★★★★★ “I felt myself mesmerised… A must-see” – QX Magazine
Throw on your high heels, slap on your lipstick and get ready to strut your stuff down at The Ruby Slippers where the power of love is tested and the truth is about to be revealed.
Raz is on top of the world, owner of his paradise Blackpool drag club, The Ruby Slippers. He has met the man of his dreams, however all is not as it seems. Raz is hopelessly in love with his flat mate and barman Ryan, unbeknownst to him the feeling is mutual. However, Ryan has a secret that could change everything, known only by his mother Helen, who supports her son’s decision and encourages him to tell Raz the whole truth. Business starts to dwindle as a rival club opens which threatens to not only steal Raz’s customers but also his star Drag Queens Phoenix and Destiny. The Ruby Slippers is a riotous comedy drama about love, friendship and identity, written by Emma Culshaw and David Paul, directed by Craig Ryder, set design by Gemma Hollywood and lighting and sound design by Oliver Bush. The play explores a subject rarely seen on the theatre stage and is produced by Bill Elms (Epstein – The Man Who Made The Beatles) in association with Break A Leg Productions. The talented cast is led by James Rogerson and Jamie Paul, they are joined by Debra Redcliffe , Emma Vaudrey, Craig Ryder and Jordan Simms.
THE RUBY SLIPPERS
Arts Theatre West End
Sunday 2 July – 4pm / 7.30pm
Tickets are £20 / £25 / £30
The show has an age recommendation of 16+
Join us in welcoming Cleve Jones, one of the leading figures in the gay rights movement, speaking on his memoir ‘When We Rise: My Life in the Movement’
Born in 1954, Cleve Jones was among the last generation of gay Americans who grew up wondering if there were others out there like himself. There were. Like thousands of other young people, Jones, nearly penniless, was drawn in the early 1970s to San Francisco, a city electrified by progressive politics and sexual freedom.
Jones found community – in the hotel rooms and ramshackle apartments shared by other young adventurers, in the city’s bathhouses and gay bars like The Stud, and in the burgeoning gay district, the Castro, where a New York transplant named Harvey Milk set up a camera shop, began shouting through his bullhorn, and soon became the nation’s most outspoken gay elected official. With Milk’s encouragement, Jones dove into politics and found his calling in ‘the movement.’
When Milk was killed by an assassin’s bullet in 1978, Jones took up his mentor’s progressive mantle – only to see the arrival of AIDS transform his life once again. By turns tender and uproarious – and written entirely in his own words – When We Rise is Jones’ account of his remarkable life.
Marlene Dietrich has been a favourite gay icon for both men and women over several generations. In this highly-praised show, Terry Sanderson explores her extraordinary life and career. From her start in the ‘divinely decadent’ cabarets of Weimar Berlin, where she enthusiastically embraced the liberated sexual attitudes of the time, to superstardom in Hollywood and a stunning career on the concert stage. Along the way she became a medal-winning war hero, abandoning her native Germany in order to fight her own war against the Nazis.
We’ll have generous clips from her campest movies, rare archive film of her war exploits and a showing, in full on a big screen, of her fabulous one-woman show – which is a once-seen never forgotten experience.
Marlene never made a secret of her sexual preferences and her heroic story is a perfect Pride treat.
Come and celebrate the first play in mainstream British theatre led by an all trans cast, written and directed by award-winning filmmaker and LGBTQ activist Rikki Beadle-Blair MBE.
Four friends court the same woman on a budget of nothing while the sun shines. A Midsummer Night’s Dream for Generation Rent in a city that still hides a bit of magic, if you know where to look.
As the sun sets and the drinks flow things get complicated, and we discover nothing is as it first appears.
A love letter to London and a story of friendship, love and finding yourself. Don’t miss this funny, sexy and life-affirming night out!
To mark the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act – a significant step in the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in Britain – this event will take a closer look at the documents within The National Archives’ collection that shed light on this pivotal moment in British history.
With varied offerings, ranging from contextual talks to an in-depth workshop on the secretive Polari language, this afternoon offers a dynamic and collaborative means to engage with the original documents and the real-life experiences that lie within them.
13.30 Sammy Sturgess, the lives of men from 1953 to the ’67 Act
14.00 Mark Dunton, the Sexual Offences Act
14.30 Caroline Derry, Learning from Wolfenden’s silent women
15.00 Break and document display
15.45 Polari workshop: Dan Glass and Chris Park
16.30 Jeffrey Weeks on life after the 67 act.
16.50 Closing comments and questions
On the 50th anniversary of the day the Sexual Offences Bill gained royal assent and became an Act of Parliament, Stephen Bourne presents an illustrated talk followed by a Q&A about some of the gay men who are featured in his latest book Fighting Proud (I B Tauris, £17.99), a history of the contribution gay men in Britain made during the World Wars. These include Lord Kitchener, Battle of Britain hero Ian Gleed, writer Hector Bolitho, Police Constable Harry Daley, Noel Coward and bandleader Ken “Snakehips” Johnson.
Stephen Bourne is a writer and historian. An expert on Black and LGBT British history, he has written for BBC History Magazine, History Today and has written over 40 entries on prominent black Britons for the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. He is the author of Black Poppies (History Press, 2013), a history of the contribution of black men and women to the First World War and his forthcoming book Fighting Proud will be published in July 2017 by I. B. Tauris. He is the winner of the Southwark Arts Form Award for Literature. In 2017 he was awarded an Honorary Fellowship from London South Bank University for his contribution to diversity
The nearest tube station is Holborn.
LONDON/BUDAPEST by David Thame
Thursday 27 July at 8.30pm
“What a trail we leave behind us…..And we never look back to see who is
shoveling it up.”
Rent boys and writers; saunas and spies: two deadly Sunday evenings in a
London flat, fifty years apart.
Two men take a high-stakes gamble. One in the shadow of the Cold War
Burgess/Maclean defection and the anti-gay purges of the 1950s. The other
caught up in today’s chilly relationship with Putin’s Russia. Their choice is between
desire and politics, success and failure. But what happens when your history
catches up with you, and you cannot press “delete”?
LONDON/ BUDAPEST is a tense, tender and compelling look at the price of
getting it wrong inspired by real life Hungarian emigée Adam de Hegedus, author
of the UK’s first gay bestseller The Heart in Exile (1953); and by the notorious
spy-in-the-sports-bag case of 2010.
Director: Richard Speir
We would like to welcome the entire musical community to join together as a mighty orchestra to mark the 50th anniversary of the legalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. To celebrate, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra are holding a BSO Rusty and not so Rusty Musicians Day in Bristol.
BSO Rainbow Rusties is open to everyone but we would particularly like to hear from members of the region’s LGBT community. The day will give you the opportunity to dust off your instrument and revive your talent or provide an opportunity to play music to a high standard with like-minded people alongside members of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. You will receive professional coaching throughout the day in the full tutti rehearsals to maximise your experience.
The day will culminate in a free performance at 4.15pm to share your hard work with friends and family.
Shropshire Rainbow Film Festival, in it’s 12th year, screens LGBTQ+ films. There are feature films, documentaries, International & UK short films, Q & A sessions with visiting speakers/directors. This year, we have a lecture: ‘Looking Awry: Bisexual Desires on Screen’, by Jacob Engelburg, a Film Programmer based in Brighton, England where he runs the queer film strand Eyes Wide Open Cinema. The films reflect LGBTQ+ lives and experiences from around the world. There are stories of celebration, struggle, comedy – there is something for everyone! Audience comments on 2016: ‘Really terrific festival’…’Good mixture of documentary, love story and polemic’…’The variety of films and issues was brilliant’…’I love the atmosphere/the personal feel to the whole event’ So, why not pack your toothbrush and come to Shrewsbury for the weekend?!
The Festival opens on Friday, 6th October, at 7.30pm. The opening film starts at 8.00pm. Saturday starts at 11.00am and films/lectures continue throughout the day, until 10.00pm (finish time). Sunday starts at 11.00am and finishes at 8.40pm. Short film sessions are free; for other films: prices vary according to time of day. Please contact the Old Market Hall Cinema for details. www.oldmarkethall.co.uk Booking in advance is advisable.