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The Act – Trafalgar Studios 2, London

Writers: Thomas Hescott, Matthew Baldwin Director: Thomas Hescott Reviewer: Karl O'Doherty Does anyone still speak Polari? Can anyone? It was an incredibly important dialect at a time, and now that it doesn't have to be used as a matter of necessity, it can and should be celebrated for being so fantastically outré and interesting. A few words have crossed into ...

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Cover Her Face – Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, London

Writer: John Webster, adapted byDaniel Fulvio and Martin Moriarty Director:Daniel Fulvio and Martin Moriarty Reviewer: Ian Foster Gemma Arterton may have the part of the willowy ingénue down pat in The Duchess of Malfi at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse just now but over in the earthier environment of the Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, something much more radical is happening. ...

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Queer Contact: To Russia With Love – Contact, Manchester

Artistic Director: Adam Zane Writers: Adam Zane, Rob Ward, Chris Hoyle and Stephen M Hornby Reviewer: Peter Jacobs To Russia With Love came about from a desire to question and respond to the treatment of gay people in the Russian Federation, brought to a head by recent changes in the law making the 'promotion' of gay relationships illegal: a law ...

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NEWS: Unity Theatre’s Graeme Phillips to retire after 33 years

Graeme Phillips, Unity Theatre's Artistic Director has announced his retirement after 33 years at the acclaimed Hope Place venue. A seasoned well-respected member of Liverpool's artistic community, director, designer and mentor to many local, regional and national theatre companies, he will step aside in July 2015. Graeme Phillips said: My temporary stop-over in Liverpool has turned out to be over ...

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Faster Higher Stronger Straighter – Dominion Studio, London

Writer: Damien Tracey Director: Whitney Mosery Reviewer: Christopher Hong At a time when the Winter Olympics, Russia and its latest law on banning homosexual propaganda dominate the headlines, Damien Tracey has written a new play which aims to highlight and advocate for LGBT rights in Russia and beyond. Two parallel storylines run through the play with one depicting a couple ...

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The Gay Naked Play – Above The Stag, London

Writer: David Bell Director: Andrew Beckett Reviewer: Sonny Waheed First things first, if you’re looking for a play littered with naked flesh and homoerotic lustings, this isn’t it. The Gay Naked Play is, instead, a comedic look at the battle between artistic credibility and commercial success. Set in New York, The Integrity Players, a small theatrical troupe, strive to bring ...

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The Year of Magical Wanking – Project Arts Centre, Dublin

Writer: Neil Watkins Director: Philip McMahon Reviewer: Bryan Hogan Originally commissioned by thisispopbaby, The Year of Magical Wanking was premiered at the Queer Notions Festival at the Project in 2010; it has toured subsequently. It is currently being revived as part of the First Fortnight Festival, which aims to challenge mental health prejudice through creative arts. From the outset this ...

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Polari Palace – Contact, Manchester

Writer: Adam Lowe, Andrew McMillan Director: Adam Lowe Reviewer: Sophie Thompson [Rating:3] Young Enigma are a group of talented young writers who identify as LGBT and so they are the perfect company to take on the massively complex language of Polari, there is a real sense of identifying and relating to the language from the performers themselves. Polari Palace is ...

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