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A Quiff, A Kimono & Suitcase Envy: Rita Payne with Me and Deboe at Green Note

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 December 2014

My last live music event of 2014 was a gem of a show of two acts that we have had the joy to get to know during the last year or so. 

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Review: Halbwelt Kultur: entertaining queers then and now

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 December 2014

A unique production and narrative exploring an important and often invisible cultural period of pre-Nazi Berlin.

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Interview with Mae Martin

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 October 2014

We caught up with Mae Martin as she prepared for her upcoming show at Soho Theatre (Wed 9 to Sat 12 October). We decided to dig into her inner mind and find out a bit more about Mae and her comedy antics.

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Comedy Review: Mae Martin Slumber Party @ Soho Theatre

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 October 2014

"Come What Mae"
In her Slumber Party Show, fresh from Edinburgh, Mae Martin takes us on a comedic coming of age exploration of life (from being dumped via speaker phone to Christmas dinner at Wetherspoons).

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Book review: At the Water's Edge by Harper Bliss

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 October 2014

After a traumatic event that has left her in deep need of healing, Ella Goodman returns to her hometown in Oregon. While staying at her family’s cabin, she finds an unexpected friend in level-headed owner Kay Brody. The healing process is confrontational and difficult though, and she is soon forced to realise that people like Kay only come along once in a lifetime.

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Album Review: Ani DiFranco 'Allergic to Water'

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 October 2014

The Ani DiFranco Canon pt I and II are some of the most played tracks on my iPod and I have been a fan of DiFranco since being introduced to her by my second girlfriend in 1998, who wouldn't be with such masterpiece albums as Living in Clipin the back catalogue?

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Interview: Jemima Rooper

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 October 2014

Jemima Rooper is set to star as Sharon in new play Breeders, written by Ben Ockrent, directed by Tamara Harvey, from 3 September - 4 October at the St James Theatre. Angela Griffin and Tamsin Outhwaite also star.

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Review: Pulsatingly glorious: "Tipping the Velvet" @ Lyric Hammersmith Reviewed

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 September 2014

It's all very theatrical in a pleasing triumphant vision. Narrated by David Cardy to guide the audience through the story (highlighting the elements cut out, and delving into Nancy's (played by Sally Messham) psyche) and pitching the meta-get up early on, the audience is invited to take on a voyueristic observation of charismatic Nancy 'Nan' King's journey through the dizzied sights of Victorian England's gender bending music hall, sapphic society and socialist liberation.

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Interview: #QLive Interview: A little catch up with Lucy Spraggan...

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 05 August 2014

We caught up on the latest with Brighton local and Brighton Pride Q Alternative Stage performer Lucy Spraggan backstage...

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Interview: #QLive Drop Dead Gorgeous: interview with Republica & Kenelis

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 05 August 2014

We were very lucky to catch up with Saffron Sprackling, lead singer of legendary band Republica, and Mel Sanson, Q Alternative Stage organiser and front person, as well as lead singer for Brighton rock band Kenelis right before they rocked the stage at Brighton Pride.

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Film review: 'Who's Afraid of Vagina Wolf?' dir Anna Margarita Albelo

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 30 April 2014

Mixing genre (from fantasy to comedy) and even style such as film noir juxtaposed against documentary, Albelo offers us a sometimessurreal,sometimes meta, often funny, sometimes very dark (imagine peeling off Guinevere Turner's face and sticking it over your own...) vision for a character who goes on a mid-life journey of self discovery after reaching rock bottom.

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Film Review: Tru Love (dirs. Kate Johnston and Shauna Macdonald)

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 30 April 2014

Three deeply moving and believable performances come together in this film, bringing a rare combination of three strong female leads with no male interference, alongside the stunning back drop of Toronto in the snow. Will Alice impart her "carpe diem" life motto to Tru and Suzanne before it's too late?

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"The Thin Line" Interview with Heather Peace

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 April 2014

When the name Heather Peace is uttered, it always creates a flutter in the lesbian population.

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Film review: '52 Tuesdays' (dir. Sophie Hyde)

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 15 March 2014

An extraordinary LGBT film, where format and method drove the art throughout production, resulting in a wonderfully gentle portrayal of a quintessential modern queer family.

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Back in the Habit: Jen Long @ Chick Habit, SHE soho

Posted by Katie Margaret Hall on 01 March 2014

The hazy days of my off-beat indie early twenties were relived at the glorious Chick Habit
event as I sipped my WKD blue.

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