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Yummy – Underbelly Festival, London

Director: James Welsby Reviewer: Richard Maguire In the old days, drag was challenging and subversive often coming with a political or a gender political agenda. Now as it increasingly occupies mainstream territory, drag has been tamed and its power to undermine societal expectations has been made safe. Yummy, the new drag show opening at the Southbank’s Underbelly Festival, is as ...

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Stunning – Windmill Theatre, London

Reviewer:  Richard Maguire London’s iconic Windmill Theatre may be more famous for its naked ladies, but for the next four Sundays ladies of another kind have taken over the stage. Stunning is a brand new revue night featuring singing and dancing by some of the fiercest and sexiest drag queens in the city. The three main performers – with no programme ...

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La Voix’s One Night Only – Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Reviewer: Scott Matthewman Drag culture is in flux at the moment. For decades, occasional nights hosting karaoke in gay bars have been the best most acts could hope for: in recent years, though, the ascendancy of TV reality show RuPaul’s Drag Race from cult hit to mainstream phenomenon has seen an influx of American-style drag performance alongside more traditional, British ...

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Porn to be a Star – Stonewall Inn, New York

[Porn to be a Star] [Stonewall Inn, NYC] (c)David Ayllon

Writer: Chris Harder Director: David Drake Reviewer: Adrienne Sowers Pornography and burlesque star Chris Harder comes to the Stonewall Inn with his latest one-man show, Porn to be a Star. A variety narrative with Harder portraying himself, other porn stars, gossip show hosts, directors, his mother, and Bushwick gender revolutionaries, among others, Porn to be a Star feels like the next ...

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Almodóvar Dystopia – Dixon Place, New York

(Almodovar Dystopia) (Dixon Place) (NYC) (c)Peter Yesley

Choreographer: Antonio Ramos Reviewer: Jamie Rosler If your friends generally describe you as humorless or sexually repressed, this show probably isn't for you. On the other hand, maybe you're the ones who need it the most. Almodóvar Dystopia, from Antonio Ramos and the Gang bangers, is an absurd mixed-media dance piece filled with joy, chocolate, nudity, wigs, and references to Pedro ...

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Latitude Festival 2017 – Hot Brown Honey

Devised and Directed by: Lisa Fa’alafi and Kim ‘Busty Beatz’ Bowers Reviewer: Kris Hallett Latitude Festival hasn’t even kicked off in earnest and yet already has seen one of the highlights of the festival. Hot Brown Honey, direct from Australia, bring a show that is similar in vein to the late night cabaret/burlesque/circus works that have become hot tickets in ...

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The Ruby Slippers – Arts Theatre, London

Writer: Emma Culshaw and David Paul Director: Craig Ryder Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Is tolerance much harder when it’s someone you know? In theory rights and freedoms are all very well, especially when they don’t affect your day-to-day life but if someone you care about decides to live an alternative lifestyle, is that harder to accept? Emma Culshaw and David Paul’s ...

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More Unbearable Pleasures Of Being A Woman – The Old Joint Stock, Birmingham.

Two girls look out

Writers: Joanna Eden and Leigh McDonald Reviewer: John Kennedy The show’s hedonistic title riffs on an obtuse nod to novel/film The Unbearable Lightness Of Being. while, disappointingly, the sex isn’t anywhere as near explicit, it at least manages to dodge the car crash – mostly. Think Victoria Wood and French & Saunders’ wine-soaked quality-time mothers together with Stephen Sondheim existentialism. Mac & Eden are shouty, ...

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