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Jonathan Kemp reviews Megan Volpert ‘glorious mishmash’ memoir BOSS BROAD

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  Volpert describes herself as “a theory junkie who cannot resist rock ‘n’ roll”, which, as a fan of both theory and music, drew me immediately. She is also a high school English teacher and political activist, and her latest book demonstrates amply all the rich facets of her life and interests. Boss Broad is … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp reviews ‘the consummate storytelling’ of Stones in London Kings Head Theatre

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  THE STONES ☆☆☆☆ KINGS HEAD THEATRE Writer/director Kit Brookman describes his latest offering as “a sort of contemporary gothic horror story” and there are certainly shades of Robert Aickman, Shirley Jackson and Henry James’ ‘Turn of the Screw’ in The Stones. A dissatisfied school teacher, Nick (LUKE MULLINS) meets up with an old school … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp reviews THE VIEW UPSTAIRS at Soho Theatre, London

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  The View UpStairs  ☆☆☆ Soho Theatre, London The real life event forming the basis and inspiration for this musical is the arson attack in 1973 on a queer bar in New Orleans, killing 32 people (mostly gay men); woefully underreported at the time due to strong levels of societal homophobia. In 1973, 7 out … Continue reading



Notes and Queeries : Keith Jarrett at the British Library

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Queerguru’s London Correspondent JONATHAN KEMP has another day job too.  He is the published author of London Triptych (Myriad, 2010) which was shortlisted for the inaugural Green Carnation Prize and won the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award in 2011. His other fiction works include Twentysix (2011) and Ghosting (2015), and his nonfiction works include … Continue reading



Jonathan Kemp “absolutely loved this queer take on Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” : his review of WIFE at London’s Kiln Theatre

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  Wife  By Samuel Adamson  ☆☆☆☆ KILN THEATRE, Kilburn The Norwegian Feminist theorist Toril Moi once commented that the slam of the door at the end of Ibsen’s “A Doll’s House” (1879) resounded throughout the twentieth century. Samuel Adamson’s new play explores the repercussion of that slammed door well into the twenty first century in … Continue reading



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