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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+
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.
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
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