Alan Flanagan’s extraordinary way with words in BINGO

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Bingo  ☆☆☆ The Pleasance Theatre Cormac, a lovable Irishman at large in London (played with charm and nicely paced energy by Alan Flanagan) has been a very busy boy. He goes for a check up and finds out he has the full house of infections – HIV/Syphilis/Gonorrhea/Hepatitis C. to which the nurse mutters under her … Continue reading

And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens : a short slice of genius playwriting from a queer master at work

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And Tell Sad Stories of the Deaths of Queens ☆☆☆☆☆ Mr Delaney (superbly played by Luke Mullins; delicate but tense like an over wound watch) is a successful interior decorator and landlord, who transforms into Candy when he has gentlemen company in the stifling deep south of New Orleans. Tonight he has brought home Karl, … Continue reading

Gilbert & Sullivan’s Iolanthe : this fairyland is the stuff that dreams are made of

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Iolanthe ☆☆☆☆☆ Richmond Theatre                                                                     This well-loved comic opera by Gilbert & Sullivan has been re-invented in Sasha Regan’s all-male production into a glorious … Continue reading

Le Gateau Chocolat is electric in Effigies of Wickedness (Songs Banned by the Nazis)

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  Effigies of Wickedness (Songs Banned by the Nazis) at the Gate Theatre  ☆☆☆☆ Once the Nazi regime took power in 1933, it required a registry of all German musicians and as a result, hundreds of talented composers had their work deliberately suppressed and careers ended simply because their race or style of music offended … Continue reading

queerguru reviews ‘Margaret Thatcher Queen of Soho’

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    Margaret Thatcher was really a man in drag. This was a popular (pre-internet) accusation leveled at the former British prime minister. Contemporary cultural representations also pitched her as a fella. Spitting Image, the phenomenal satirical TV show that ran throughout the 80’s, portrayed her in a man’s pinstripe suit & tie – the … Continue reading

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