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The Cockettes: Acid Drag & Sexual Anarchy : reviewed by Jonathan Kemp

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Like many others, I discovered the Cockettes through David Weismann and Bill Weber’s wonderful eponymous 2002 documentary (frockumentary?), and like that film, this book is an essential monument to the countercultural force of nature that was the Cockettes, the late 60s/early 70s San Francisco queer drag troupe who took on the tedious establishment of mainstream … Continue reading



Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography

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  Masculinities: Liberation Through Photography  (3.5 stars) Barbican, London til May 17th Despite its title, there’s little in the way of liberation on display in this exhibition, leaving the subtitle hanging there like a question. But perhaps that’s the point: to generate questions, debate on that complex subject of the significantly pluralized ‘masculinities’. What makes … Continue reading



Queerguru’s Jonathan Kemp reviews SALOME ‘full of sexual energy & spectacular dancing

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  Salomé  ☆☆☆☆☆ EDIFICE Dance Theatre The Place, London Salomé is the biblical gift that just keeps giving, from Wilde’s scandalously decadent take on it and the Aubrey Beardsley drawings it inspired, to the curate’s egg of Ken Russell’s film version. Last year, I reviewed for Queerguru a production that cast Salomé as a pretty … Continue reading



Tales From The Shadows : Jonathan Kemp reviews an Oscar Wilde Puppet Show

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Wild(e) Tales: Tales From the Shadows ☆☆☆ Vault Festival, Waterloo It’s no secret that I worship and adore Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde, so it was with a certain amount of trepidation that I took my seat for this shadow puppet show of some of his children’s stories, originally written for his two sons, Cyril … Continue reading



Queerguru”s Jonathan Kemp reviews Bedlam Chorus”s production BUTTERFLY

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  BUTTERFLY (3.5 Stars) BEDLAM CHORUS VAULT FESTIVAL, LONDON This was my introduction to the work of Bedlam Chorus and my first thought was how appropriate that name is (in the best possible way, no shade). There’s something gloriously ramshackle about this outfit, from the malfunctioning home-made costumes to the, at times, barely audible storytelling. … Continue reading



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