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London Film Festival 2019 – Circus of Books

Director: Rachel Mason Reviewer: Richard Maguire Within every family there are secrets, but rarely is that secret that your parents own a gay hard-core porn shop. Filmmaker Rachel Mason found out in school that Circus of Books, her parents’ bookshop in L.A., didn’t stock books about circuses. Later in life when she discovered that the shop was about to be ...

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Film Review: Seahorse

Director: Jeanie Finlay Reviewer: Richard Maguire The male seahorse has quite a burden to carry. Not only does he have to carry the female’s eggs in a pouch until they hatch, releasing them into the ocean fully developed, but also the seahorse now stands as a symbol for the unpredictability of gender roles in the modern age. Jeanie Finlay’s beautifully ...

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IDGTF: 5 Guys Chillin’ – Players Theatre, Dublin

Writer: Peter Darney Director: Peter Darney Reviewer: Saoirse Anton Taken from over 50 hours of interview material found through Grindr and other social media, 5 Guys Chillin’ is an entertaining, yet raw and often saddening piece of documentary theatre exploring the high and lows of the world of chem-sex, Grindr and chill-outs. To distill so much source material into less ...

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The Blue Boy – Lyric Theatre, Belfast

Director: Gary Keegan and Feidlim Cannon Choreography: Eddie Kay Reviewer: Kevin McCluskey In a year when Spotlight, a film which explores the cover ups of abuse in the Catholic Church, won much acclaim (including an Academy Award for Best Picture), and following hard-hitting documentaries such as Alex Gibney’s Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God, Brokentalker’s The Blue ...

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The Beanfield – HOME, Manchester

Cast of The Beanfield

Writer: Breach Theatre Director: Dorothy Allen-Pickard &Billy Barrett Reviewer: Jo Beggs When you were born in the nineties, like the six performers here, the 1985 crackdown on the Stonehenge Free Festival probably does feel like the distant past. For many of its audience it will be a stark reminder of the shocking news stories that surrounded the incident, coming hot ...

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The 56 – Underbelly Bristo Square, Edinburgh

Creators: FYSA Theatre Reviewer: Linford Butler On the 11th May, 1985, a fire broke out under a wooden stand at Bradford City’s home stadium, during a home game against Lincoln City. Now thought of as the forgotten disaster of the 1980s, it claimed the lives of fifty-six supporters at the ground on that day. FYSA’s The 56 tells the story ...

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