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NEWS: The INK Festival 2019

The INK Festival 2019 goes from strength to strength with 2019 providing a bumper crop of emerging talent and established professionals alike. Creatives both young and old cover a range of performing arts that will excite and provoke the three-day festival going audience. The range of plays is impressive, over forty of them, by writers that all have a connection ...

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FILM REVIEW: Giant Little Ones  

Writer and Director:  Keith Behrman Reviewer:  Richard Maguire There’s no shortage of coming-out films, but they are still necessary, especially when there’s a revival of right-wing thinking across the world. However, Giant Little Ones, a Canadian film showing at BFI Flare, London’s LGBTQ+ film festival, is not a straightforward coming-out film. It could be argued that it’s not a coming-out ...

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FEATURED: A Conversation with Stephen Sondheim

God walks onto the stage and instantly the audience erupts into deafening applause and the ovation continues. The sold-out Olivier Theatre is filled with his greatest fans and admirers, all of whom snapped up tickets within hours of the interview being announced only three days before. God subtly pushes at the air with his downward-facing palms and an excited hush ...

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Film Review: Sunburn   

Writer and Director:  Vincente Alves do Ó Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Portuguese film Sunburn really split the critics at its press screening this week at the BFI Flare Festival, London’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festival. Some walked out while others kept glancing at their watches. After the film, those who had stayed were trying to extol Sunburn’s virtues to those who had threatened ...

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FILM REVIEW: Vita and Virginia

Writers: Eileen Atkins with Chanya Button Director: Chanya Button Reviewer:  Richard Maguire Opening this year’s Flare, London’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festival, is Vita and Virginia,a lavish period drama based on the love affair between Sackville- West and Woolf at the beginning of the 1920s. While Vita’s dogged pursuit of Woolf is dramatically reimagined, the film is dripping with so many ...

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INTERVIEW: Led Zeppelin Masters’ Vince Contarino talks touring, perspex and John Bonham

It fell upon a time, befitting the British Establishment, to once and for all solve the endemic criminal fraternities’ disposition towards upsetting the equilibrium of The State through larcenous diversions - poaching a rabbit, stealing a loaf of bread, being Irish, American or Seditious - slagging-off whichever corpulent/mad George was currently squatting his fat rump on the throne. The answer ...

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FILM REVIEW: Eaten by Lions

Writer: David Isaac, Jason Wingard Director: Jason Wingard Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Representations of inter-racial families on screen are still few and far between, and while this was much more common in the 1980s, the last 30-years has felt like a step backwards in terms of the image of the Britain we all really know. And where those experiences do exist, ...

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FEATURE: Anne Washburn and James Graham: Writing Political Theatre

Supplementary talks have become an increasingly useful way for theatres to open out their productions, giving the audience greater context on the creative process as well as an additional income stream. Some venues have long-standing programmes of curated events including the focused National Theatre Platforms or The Old Vic Voices Off talks in which selected cast members and more often ...

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