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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+
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
“They say it takes two to tango – in my case it’s probably three, or more…”
In the blue hour of twilight, one trailblazing artist paints a remarkable picture: of her life, her liaisons and her passionate self-belief.
Natalie Barney was an unstoppable force in modernism and the early gay rights movement. Her lovers were the most beautiful women of the era; her friends were the most celebrated artists of twentieth century culture.
Step into her Paris salon – like Marcel Proust, Gertrude Stein, Ezra Pound, T.S. Eliot and Greta Garbo before you – to hear her tale in person, and to witness her wild and visionary creed up close.
Amanda Boxer (Mosquitoes, National Theatre; Medea, Almeida Theatre) plays Natalie Barney in the world premiere of this revealing new play by Frances Bingham, directed by Kenneth Hoyt.